The Most Common New Car Problems

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According to owners in communities and forums across the web, there are a few common problems that may arise within the first few years of owning a newer model car. Although, if you’re looking to purchase a new vehicle you shouldn’t let that deter you. We’re here to give you the low-down about these common new car problems. We’ll also give you tips for how to prevent these issues, and how to fix them if they do occur. At Barbour Hendrick Honda, you can rest assured our inventory of new Hondas are the highest of quality!

Valve Gunk

The problem: Valve gunk is a dirty and crusty, substance that can accumulate on your vehicle’s intake valve and cause a variety of issues. Mainly, low fuel efficiency. But also, rough performance and — if left unaddressed for an extended period of time — eventually engine damage. These issues are more commonly reported in performance focused vehicles that have turbo charged or direct-injection engines.

The prevention: The best thing new owners can do to prevent valve gunk is following the manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to using the correct grade of gasoline, the proper type and weight of oil, and following the correct maintenance intervals for oil changes. In other words, fueling up with the right gas and getting your oil changed on time can help save you from this new car headache.

Electrical Problems

The problem: Another set of issue commonly reported are electronic issues. Whether its problems with the infotainment system, driver assistance features, or some other feature, many owners report having electronic related issues within the first few years of ownership.

The prevention: The issues probably started with your battery. With all the new technology added to vehicles, the demand on the car’s battery is a little higher. Whenever you notice an issue, have your battery tested to be sure its operating correctly. The cost of replacing or charging a battery is much less than correcting electronics problems later on.

The fix: Should you find that you have some electrical issues, most often, the fix is as simple as hard resetting or rebooting the system. Do a quick online search to find out how to reset your vehicle’s system.

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Rough Transmission

The problem: Other new car owners describe hard shifting or unwanted vibrations as an issue.

The fix: This problem isn’t one your should try to tackle yourself. Although there is usually a fairly easy fix for this early ownership issue, it most likely concerns your transmission’s software. And, you should let a professional handle such issues.

For any issues you may need addressed,  schedule a service appointment with Barbour Hendrick Honda.

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