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Car Pedal Maintenance and Safety Tips

If Bollywood movies are any indication, we know that car pedals usually fail, especially when you are on a long, dramatic road stretch. Why the cars don’t stop gradually due to deceleration beats our minds, but here’s a good read to avoid such melodrama in your real lives.

Car pedal maintenance and safety tips in India
Car Pedal Maintenance And Safety Tips – If you’re a new driver and get confused with what’s what, remember the popular acronym ABC, namely accelerator, brake and clutch.

A car, usually, has three pedals (don’t roll your eyes at the obvious statement, a lot of cars have been manufactured with only two), the accelerator, the brake, and the clutch.

If you’re a new driver and get confused with what’s what, remember the popular acronym ABC, namely accelerator, brake and clutch.

However easy the handling of three innocuous pedals might seem, if done roughly, the connections do deteriorate in any vehicle. Hence, always refer to your car’s bible, the reader’s manual, before trying to handle it.

Let’s examine problems with each pedal, and their solutions separately.

Clutch

Clutch has the notorious distinction of being the most problem giving pedal among the three. The clutch is the pedal you use for changing gears while driving, and having that out of order can lead to some sticky situations.

Now, when a clutch goes bad, you wouldn’t be able to switch gears, or at least switch them up easily. Driving in such a vehicle is possible, and also extremely hazardous.
Here are a few problems your clutch might be facing.

Brake

There shouldn’t be a need to explain why this arrear screams attention. Braking is simply too important of a driving tactic to have it not work perfectly.

One way with which mechanics start diagnosing brake issues is by pressing your brake pedal. If it goes in deeper than it’s supposed to go, you’ve most definitely got a problem.

The reasons to this are similar to a clutch; you’re either low on brake fluid, or either the master or the slave cylinder component of your braking unit has given away.

Accelerator

Referred to as the gas pedal sometimes, the accelerator owns up to its fair share of problems. Resolving a problem with the acceleration pedal is very cumbersome, as there are a lot of parts in a car that might blame the accelerator for having faults.
You’d probably want to suspect, change or fix the following components/parts if you’re facing accelerating issues.

  • Maybe a loose connection between some connections in the vehicle. You guessed it right, a job for your mechanic.
  • Suspect your spark plugs; if they’ve burnt out, chances are you won’t be able to start your car.
  • If there’s an efficiency issue with your engine, you won’t be able to derive output in the distance by pressing your gas pedal.
  • You might simply be low on fuel, or your car may be burning your fuel without giving proper output.

A lot of these issues are pretty hard to fix by yourself, and we wouldn’t recommend it; especially in the accelerator where connections are nimble. However, budding backyard mechanics/engineers may try. We wish you only the best in practicing car pedal safety.

Why Your Car Fails To Start ?

Everyone who owns a car has experienced a no-start condition irrespective of the battery status. When your car denies your command, it can be quite depressing. Now you must be wondering why on the face of the Earth won’t your car start when you just got your batteries checked last week, and they were in top-notch condition.

Well, as a car owner you must know the science behind starting your car. Before you hear the sound of the turned-on engine, there are certain connections which have to be made in the ignition circuit. If any component of the ignition circuit goes malfunctioning, then you would face troubles starting your car engine and be late for work again.

Let’s see what could be the possible causes for your car to fail on you.

  • Faulty ignition switch:
why does your car fails to start car ignition
Why Your Car Fails To Start ? – If your ignition switch has gone malfunctioning, then this signal will fail to take place thus preventing your car from starting. Your car will not start even if your car battery works .

Imagine your ignition circuit with six components arranged linearly. The first component being the battery and the last one being the starter motor. Now the ignition switch forms the second component of this linear arrangement. It indicates the battery to start the engine. If your ignition switch has gone malfunctioning, then this signal will fail to take place thus preventing your car from starting.

  • Problem with the starter:

Still have the picture of the ignition circuit in your head? Ok, so the last component of the circuit was a starter motor. If your motor is flawed, you can expect a defective car. The starter basically takes the electric current from the battery to start the engine. Well if it can’t do that, it is no good to you. Consider replacing your starter or check if the connection isn’t too flimsy.

  • No supply of fuel:

Of course, everything requires energy to function. If your car isn’t getting its nutrients, then it is not going to run to its full potential. For the engine to start the fuel must be supplied smoothly into the ignition chamber. If you fail to do proper maintenance of your fuel pump filter, and other components which allow the fuel to be transmitted to the engine effortlessly then, your car might fail to start.

  • The spark is gone!
why does your car fails to start spark plug
Why Does Your Car Fails To Start ? -For your engine to start a spark has to be ignited via the spark plug.

Relationships are as good as dead when there is no spark. It’s the same with cars. For your engine to start a spark has to be ignited via the spark plug. If the spark plug has gone dysfunctional due to over-heating, dirt, or any other reason, then your car will not start.

  • Did you check the gas bar?
why does your car fails to start fuel low
Why Your Car Fails To Start ? – Check the fuel gauge and confirm that your car has fuel left in the tank.

 Well well, did you check if your car has any fuel at all before deciding to take your girlfriend on a date?

  • Is your anti-theft system on?

Sometimes when your anti-theft system is on you will be unable to turn the key after inserting it in the keyhole. You can try fidgeting the steering wheel and simultaneously turn the key.

  • Burnt Cable/wires:

Wires form an integral part of any electrical circuit. And for a circuit to come alive all the wires must be in working condition. Considering checking your ground wire, connecting cables, and other wires if your car doesn’t start.

So the next time your car fails to start even though your battery is in working condition , it could be because of the above-listed reasons.