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The 10 most common car repairs in 2019

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Updated 17 Jan 2020Joel Ilton

As the year comes to a close here at AutoGuru, we look back on all the services and repairs that we have helped Australians carry out over the last 12 months and analyse which repairs were the most commonly requested. Let’s take a look at the top 10 most commonly requested repairs on AutoGuru for 2019.

1. Front brake pad replacement

It’s not a surprise that front brake pad replacement tops the list of common repairs on AutoGuru for 2019. The braking system is one of the hardest working components on your vehicle, especially for drivers that spend most of their time behind the wheel in the city, where constant stop-start driving really takes its toll on the brakes.

The front brake pads do approximately 70% of the braking required to slow or stop a vehicle, so they tend to need replacing more frequently than the rear brake pads, although this percentage varies depending on the make and model you drive.

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2. Windscreen replacement

A new repair we introduced on AutoGuru in 2019, Windscreen replacement has risen to number two on the most common repairs list. Having a cracked or damaged windscreen can not only make your vehicle unroadworthy but also reduces the structural integrity of the vehicle in the event of an accident.

Having one of AutoGuru’s network of windscreen providers come to your house or workplace to replace or repair your windscreen will ensure your vehicle is roadworthy, but more importantly, safe in the event of an accident.

3. Rear brake pad replacement

Following closely behind front brake pad replacement is rear brake pad replacement. Although they only do 30% of the braking when slowing down, the rear brake pads will eventually wear down and need replacement. Some vehicles are also fitted with ‘anti-dive’ measures, which applies the rear brakes more than the front under certain braking conditions, which wears these brake pads more than usual.

If you’ve noticed a squeak when braking, or feel your brakes don’t pull your vehicle up as they should, it’s best to have your braking system inspected and any repairs carried out to return your vehicle back to a safe condition.

4. Tyre replacement

One of the most important parts fitted to your vehicle is the tyres. They provide contact between your vehicle and the road, and they can often be overlooked when it comes to repairs.

Checking your tyre pressures regularly, as well as having them rotated can extend their life, but they will wear out eventually and will require replacement.

When was the last time you inspected your tyres? Unsure if you need new tyres? Book a Tyre Inspection or Replacement through AutoGuru.

5. Air conditioning re-gas

Now that summer is here, the air conditioning in your vehicle is probably getting a workout, and it may not be working as effectively as it used to. This could be down to a number of things, and the most likely cause is that the system may be low on refrigerant gas.

This gas is pumped through the air conditioning system to provide cooling inside the vehicle, and if the level is low it won’t work as well. This could be due to a leak or a failed component. Having the air conditioning system inspected and regassed after a repair will ensure you keep your cool all throughout summer.

6. Spark plug replacement

The spark plugs are used to ignite the fuel and air mixture inside your engine, and if they are due for replacement, your fuel consumption may increase and a lack of performance may also be noticed. On newer vehicles, precious metal spark plugs are commonly used which have increased service life, but can still fail prematurely.

Having your spark plugs replaced if an issue is noticed will return your engine to maximum efficiency, saving you money in the long run.

7. Timing belt replacement

The timing belt is an essential component that keeps the crankshaft and camshafts perfectly timed, which keeps your engine running at its best. If the timing belt fails, it can cause components in the engine to come into contact with each other at high speed, and often means a complete replacement engine will be needed. Timing belts have both a kilometre based and time-based replacement interval, whichever occurs first.

Not every vehicle is fitted with a timing belt, the other main design for controlling engine timing is the Timing Chain. Timing Chains are designed to last the life of the engine, but are noisier in service compared to a timing belt. This is why Timing Belt Replacement isn’t higher on our list of repairs for 2019.

8. Battery replacement

Another component that’s not often thought about until it fails is the battery. They often fail at the worst time, leaving you stranded when you’re in a hurry or it’s raining outside.

Fortunately, AutoGuru now has mobile battery specialists available to come out to your vehicle and replace your battery, getting you back on the road again. You can even use Afterpay to have your battery fitted now and pay it off in four easy instalments.

9. Clutch replacement

While only being fitted to vehicles with a manual transmission, clutch replacement still made it into our list of the most common repairs for 2019. The clutch is fitted between the engine and the transmission, and allows for them to be disconnected when the pedal is depressed and reconnected when the pedal is released.

While clutches do not have a set kilometre or time interval for replacement, they do wear out over time, and will require replacing at some stage in your vehicles lifetime.

Often, clutch replacements are one of the most expensive repairs you will have to carry out in your vehicle’s lifetime, due to the amount of labour time it takes to remove and refit the transmission, and if your vehicle is fitted with a dual-mass flywheel.

10. Alternator replacement

Wrapping up our list of common repairs from 2019 is alternator replacement. The alternator is driven by the engine drive belts and provides electrical current to power the systems in the vehicle, as well as provide charge to the battery. Over time, the internal components can wear out, and the alternator will no longer provide enough electrical energy to run the vehicle and it will need to be replaced.

A failed battery or a wiring issue can mimic a failing alternator, so it’s best to have your electrical system inspected to diagnose the issue before having any components replaced.

So there we have it, our list of the 10 most commonly requested repairs on AutoGuru for 2019. As the year (and decade) wrap up, the crew at AutoGuru wish all our suppliers and customers a happy holiday season, and we are looking forward to helping Australians better look after their vehicles in 2020 and beyond.

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Written ByJoel Ilton

Finding a passion for cars from a young age, Joel carried out work experience as a mechanic whilst at school before starting an apprenticeship after finishing year 12.

After almost 10 years on the tools and in customer service, he moved into the IT realm as a Data Analyst and In-House mechanic at AutoGuru.