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Top Vehicle Defects

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10 Most Common Vehicle Defects


Top 10 Vehicle Defects

From an Experienced California Lemon Law Lawyer


Are you experiencing issues with your vehicle? Engine problems? Transmission troubles? Or maybe your car won’t start? If you’ve encountered any of these, you may be entitled to protection under the California lemon law. 

At Norman Taylor & Associates, we’ve defended the rights of consumers who’ve purchased or leased lemon cars for over 36 years. Our experienced lemon law attorney breaks down the 11 most common vehicle defects that could warrant a lemon law case here. 


Top Vehicle Defects Found in Lemon Cars 


  1. Engine Defects
  2. Engine problems range from misfires and fuel pump issues to power loss and emissions failures. These defects can lead to poor performance, reduced fuel efficiency, and even complete engine failure. If you’re experiencing any of these engine-related issues, it’s important to consult with our lemon lawyers to determine if you have a valid case. 


  3. Oil Consumption and Leaks
  4. Is your car constantly low on oil? Do you notice oil stains on the ground where you park? Excessive oil consumption or leaks can be signs of a serious defect in your vehicle. Whether it’s a faulty gasket, seal, or other part, oil leaks can result in engine damage and costly repairs. 


  5. Transmission Issues
  6. Transmission problems can manifest as harsh shifting, inconsistent power delivery, hesitation, or even a complete failure to go into gear. These problems can make your vehicle unsafe to drive and significantly affect its performance. If this sounds familiar, contact our attorneys to explore your legal options. 


  7. Failure to Start
  8. One of the most frustrating problems a vehicle owner can encounter is failure to start. This can be attributed to battery, electrical systems, or electronic sensor issues. When your car repeatedly doesn’t start, even after trying several times, it’s crucial to get it checked by a certified mechanic. 


  9. A/C & Heating System Failure
  10. A malfunctioning A/C or heating system can make driving uncomfortable, especially during extreme weather conditions. Whether it’s a failure to cool or heat the cabin or chemical leaks, these defects can majorly impact your driving experience. If your vehicle’s climate control system isn’t functioning properly, it may be a sign of a lemon car. 


  11. Steering, Suspension, Alignment, and Brake Problems
  12. Your safety while driving depends on your car’s steering, suspension, alignment, and brakes actually working. Problems with these parts can lead to poor handling, instability, and increased stopping distances. Have your car inspected by a qualified mechanic if you notice any unusual vibrations, pulling to one side, or difficulty steering or braking


  13. Leakage Issues
  14. Water leaks, sunroof and moonroof problems, and other forms of leakage can damage your vehicle’s interior and electric components. These defects can also result in mold growth and unpleasant odors. 


  15. Problems with Navigation and Bluetooth Systems
  16. In today’s connected world, navigation and Bluetooth systems have become integral features of modern vehicles. Malfunctions in these systems can disrupt your driving experience and compromise your safety on the road. 


  17. Recurring Check-Engine Lights for Airbags and SRS
  18. Check-engine (CEL) lights for airbags, and the Safety Restraint System (SRS) are important warning indicators in your vehicle. It may indicate an underlying issue if they persistently illuminate or reappear after being reset. Ignoring these warning signs can risk your safety, so thoroughly inspect your car. 


  19. Engine Temperature Control Issues
  20. Problems with engine temperature control, such as overheating, coolant leaks, and cooling system failures, can lead to severe engine damage and potential breakdowns. If your car consistently runs hot or you notice coolant leaks, have it looked at to avoid expensive repairs or engine replacement. 


Which Car Defects Aren’t Covered Under California Lemon Law? 

While California’s lemon law protects a wide range of car defects, certain situations may not be covered. These include issues caused by accidents, abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modifications. Additionally, defects that don’t substantially impair the vehicle’s use, safety, or value may. 


Think Your Car Might Be a Lemon? 

If you think you have a lemon car and notice any of the abovementioned defects, contact our California lemon law lawyers today! We offer a FREE case evaluation to assess the merits of your claim and guide you through the legal process. 

Call 818-244-3905 today to schedule your consultation and learn about your rights. 

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