Cars are not an inexpensive investment.

Unless you are riding around in your great grandad’s clunker (and it is somehow managing to function after 300,000 miles) then odds are you spent a pretty penny buying your current vehicle.

And as such, you want to make sure that it continues running smoothly for years to come, right?

Of course!

But how do you do that?

It seems like cars break down left and right for no apparent reason these days and there is little that us mere mortals can do to change that.

However, with a little bit of know-how and a willingness to make a couple of changes to your car maintenance routine, you can keep your car running smooth for years to come.

Here are the most common issues car owners face, and how to fix them.

1. Brake Issues

Think about it.

Your car weighs a few thousand pounds, and every time you want it to stop, your breaks take the brunt of that weight.

This makes brake failure pretty common in older vehicles.

So how do you prevent this?

Well, the first step is to change your driving style. Make sure that you do not brake unnecessarily, avoid slamming on your brakes at the last minute, and use deceleration more than you use that left pedal.

The second step is to make sure that you have your brake pads tested and replaced regularly.

And finally, if changing your driving style and regular maintenance do not work, be sure to take your car into a mechanic as soon as you notice anything faulty with the sound or feel of your brakes.