Some of the most common car repair problems include service to the brake, engine, or cooling/heating systems. Repairs to the brakes tend to be expensive because it is a very important safety system that might require an advanced level of skill, depending on the type of service.

Replacing the brake pads is one of the most common types of service to the brakes. The brake pads come with a metal indicator device that rubs against the rotors if they are worn down and need to be replaced. Although it is affordable at an average cost of $150, most of the cost includes the price of labor. However, this can be more expensive if the pads are not replaced in a reasonable amount of time because the rotors will become warped and damaged from too much metal contact. Replacing the rotors carries and average cost of $400 because the parts are more expensive, and there is more required labor.

Engine repairs should never be avoided or delayed because some of the most common repairs are very inexpensive with an average cost of less than $50. However, if these repairs are avoided for too long they can cause engine failure, and sometimes replacing the engine in some older cars is more expensive than the actual cost of the car. The fan belt is an engine component that generates power to other components such as the steering, alternator, and crankshaft. This is also an inexpensive part, however, the engine will stall when the fan belt fails.

The radiator is a component of the engine and cooling/heating system that transfers coolant throughout these systems to keep them cool. It includes several accessory items including the hose, cap, and drain plug, which may need to be replaced periodically. However, if they are neglected the radiator will begin to fail, which will cause the engine to overheat. Fortunately, each of these parts costs less than $25, and can be replaced without the expertise of an auto mechanic.

A failed radiator can set off a domino-effect of expensive car repairs, especially if the engine is allowed to overheat for too long. Consequently, car repair in this instance would include replacing both the radiator and the engine. Although a replacement radiator is expensive with an average cost of $400, it is a vital part of the engine that will cost more costly repairs if any issues are not addressed immediately.

Car repair does not always have to be expensive, proper care and maintenance can prevent small issues from turning into expensive repairs.