24 October 2020 · Motoring Tips & Advice

Common car troubles (and how to resolve them) | Phil Gilbert Hyundai

Hyundai not running as smoothly as it once was? No matter how well-built your vehicle is, it’s natural that it will run into issues from time-to-time. And, when you rely on your car to get you where you need to go everyday, there’s really no time for downtime. Here are some common car troubles and how to resolve them to get back on the road quickly.

Warning lights coming on

Not necessarily a problem in itself, but if any of your warning lights are flashing up, this is your car’s way of letting you know it needs some attention. These lights are illuminated when your vehicle’s engine control unit detects a problem, and will mostly provide a clear indicator of what that problem is. However, warning lights themselves are not immune to fault, so having a professional Hyundai mechanic complete a warning light inspection is the best way to ensure you’re making the right repairs.

Shaky steering wheel

A shaking steering wheel should not be ignored. If you’re experiencing unruly steering, pay attention to when the shaking occurs. If it’s just after starting your car, this could indicate a damaged suspension or wheel bearings, but if it’s when you’re already driving, this could be a balance issue with your wheels. Either way, get a professional to diagnose and resolve the issue.

Sputtering engine

If your engine is sputtering yet your gas gauge indicates full, this could point to a problem deep inside the engine compartment. More specifically, your car might be suffering from a leak in the exhaust manifold, a failing catalytic convertor, dirty spark plug or something else. To reduce sputtering issues, always replace fuel as recommended by your manufacturer.

Poor fuel economy

When an engine is running inefficiently, this can impact fuel economy and cause your car to burn more than it should. To maintain a healthy fuel economy, visit a Hyundai car service centre routinely. Prevention is better than cure here.

Soft brake pedal

A soft brake pedal is a major mechanical issue that you should have checked out straight away. If you’re noticing a “squishy” sensation when you press on your brake pedal, or it sinks to the floor with little resistance, stop driving! There could be a leak in the braking system, so check your brake fluid as a first course of action. Never drive your car unless you’re sure it’s safe; instead call a local professional with specialised knowledge of Hyundai car models.

Visit us for a Hyundai car service

The best (and safest way) to put car troubles right is to visit your local Phil Gilbert Hyundai Service Centre. We’re located in Croydon and we’ve made it easy for you to book a service online, for the proactive way to keep your car running smoothly.

If you need advice on resolving any of the issues we’ve listed here, or if your car is running into other problems, give us a call on 02 9735 8400 and we’ll talk you through the next steps and can book you in for a Hyundai diagnostics test. Alternatively you can book online here today.