There is no better feeling than hitting the open road during the summer months. It does not matter of you are going on a road trip or simply doing some errands, it can be a lot of fun to get behind the wheel in nice weather (especially after a cold winter).
Unfortunately, extreme heat can take a toll on your vehicle.
Here are three of the most common summertime car problems to be aware of:
1. Engine overheating. Have you ever seen a car on the side of the road with its hood up? If so, there is a good chance it is overheating.
Did you know your engine is capable of reaching temperatures of more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit? If you add in extreme outdoor temperatures, it is easy to see why this is a common problem during the summer.
To protect against this, make sure you maintain all fluid levels, including motor oil and coolant. Along with this, keep a close watch on the temperature gauge to ensure that your engine is remaining cool.
2. Dead battery. This is another common problem in the heat. While many are aware that cold weathers can negatively impact their battery, most don’t realize that extreme heat can do the same.
Is your battery old? If so, have it tested by a qualified mechanic without delay.
3. Tire failure. As temperatures rise so does tire pressure? As a result, the chance of a blow out or accelerated deterioration is much greater.
To protect against this, make sure your tires are always properly inflated. If you find yourself adding air on a regular basis, your tire may have a leak that requires attention.
These are three of the most common summertime car problems. If you are worried about running into one or more of these issues, proper maintenance can go a long way in keeping your vehicle on the road and out of your mechanic’s garage.