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Top 8 Breakdown Causes

These are the most common causes for a Breakdown Many can be fixed at the roadside, but most can be avoided with the correct preventative care.

  1. Flat or faulty battery
    Most common problems are caused by terminals and clamp connections or by a loss of voltage, often caused by constant use on short journeys without regular recharging.
    • At every service, check that terminals have been cleaned and protected from corrosion with a layer of petroleum jelly or grease. Clamps and connections must be secure.
    • If you seldom make a long journey, a fortnightly overnight charge prolongs battery life.
    • Modern maintenance-free batteries need no top-up.
  2. Flat / damaged tyres and wheels
    • Know the correct pressures for different speeds and loads, and adjust accordingly.
    • Less tyre pressure increase fuel consumption.
    • Look at the spare tyre. A worn or flat spare won't be of use in an emergency.
    • Check that the jack and wheel-removal tools are in good condition and that the key or removal tool for locking wheel nuts is accessible.
  3. Alternator faults
    • Persistent battery problems and dim headlights when the engine is idling can indicate
      alternator / generator faults.
    • Belts driving the alternator may also operate the radiator fan and water pump. A red ignition warning light plus a rapid rise in engine temperature could indicate a broken belt. Stop immediately.
  4. Starter motor
    • Though usually robust, starter motors can fail.
    • Good, regular Maruti maintenance should highlight potential faults.
  5. Distributor cap
    • Moisture and dirt are the chief enemies of this vital ignition-system component.
    • A crack in the cap's insulation may be almost invisible but can be sufficient to allow high ignition voltage to leak away, especially in damp weather, so there may be no ignition spark.
    • Replace the cap at the Maruti's recommended intervals.
  6. Fuel problems
    • Empty fuel tanks can lead to unnecessary inconvenience.
    • Fill up at the start of your journey.
  7. Clutch cables
    • The clutch cable is under high stress. Abrasion can weaken the wire strands until they break.
    • Temporary repairs can often be made at the roadside, but replacement at the first signs of wear is the best answer.
  8. Spark plugs
    • The spark plug is a much-neglected part of the ignition system.
    • Make sure that you replace plugs at the Maruti's recommended service interval

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