Summer is the season when most people head out onto the open road for vacations and family gatherings. But with summer driving comes the possibility of a breakdown. If you’re planning to hit the road this summer and beyond, here are a few of the most common summer-related problems you may encounter with your vehicle.
An Overheated Engine
The engine in your car already runs hot, but summer temps can make it run even hotter. When this happens, your cooling system is under added stress and strain while it works hard to keep your engine nice and cool. When this happens, any bad or worn out seals can start to break or come loose, resulting in a serious leak. In order to combat this, make sure your seals are in good condition. Inspect the cooling system and make sure the water pump, hoses, and radiator are in good shape. Check your coolant levels and add any if needed.
The Battery Dies
Just like your engine, the car battery can become strained in extremely hot temperatures. When the battery is exposed to a lot of heat, the fluid inside can evaporate. Without fluid, your battery is essentially dead. You definitely don’t want to end up stranded somewhere due to a dead battery, so have it inspected regularly. You should at least inspect your battery and check the charge level before you head out on any long driving adventures. If your battery is more than five years old, consider getting a new one or at least checking it more frequently.
Tire Pressure Problems
As temperatures rise, the pressure in your tires can increase. If the level of pressure gets too high, it can result in a blowout, which can be a serious danger to your safety. Overinflated tires will also wear out more quickly, resulting in expensive replacement costs. A worn tire is also dangerous since it can create handling problems, especially at higher speeds. Underinflated tires are also an issue since they generate a lot of heat and can become damaged rather quickly. Check your tire pressure frequently during the summer and make sure each tire is currently at the recommended PSI level. You can find this information on a sticker or label located in the driver’s side panel. Inflate each tire according to the number found there for a smoother, safer summer ride.
For all your car’s maintenance and repair needs, remember to call the experts at Doc Motor Works in Sherwood, Illinois at 815-201-5122 today.