Most Common Car Repairs in the Summer
Don’t Get Stranded or Crash from Unchecked Maintenance
It’s vacation time once again. And while you’re busy making all those summer plans, be sure they don’t fall apart because you neglect to do one of your most basic responsibilities as a car owner, that is, taking care of your car.
Remember, for some families, the road trips they take during summer turn out to be more rigorous than all those combined daily commutes they make during the rest of the year. And, the temperatures which make summer fun are exactly the same temperatures that can make your vehicle break down. These two reasons alone should be enough to motivate you to properly prepare your car for the onslaught of summer heat. If not, there’s also the very important matter directly relating to your safety: neglecting your car will make you vulnerable to accidents. And if you get involved in one, aside from threatening your safety, you might also have to contend with major auto body repairs.
We’re sure you wouldn’t want to deal with such unpleasantness especially during a period which is supposed to be all fun. So to avoid incidents like your car breaking down in the middle of nowhere while you’re supposed to be on your way to a camping ground somewhere, take the time to familiarize yourself with the most common car repairs experienced during summer and what you can do to keep them from happening to you:
Because temperatures outside are higher, your car has to work extra hard to keep your engine cool. For some cars, all it takes is more coolant to prevent overheating. For others, though, especially for those which experience frequent overheating, there might be a more serious underlying cause, and such will require a trip to the mechanic to get it fixed.
Air Conditioner problems
Again, because temperatures are hotter, your A/C has to work harder than usual to achieve the temperature you want. Unlike during other seasons when defects in your A/C won’t be noticeable because of the cooler temperature all around, a poorly performing A/C is immediately noticeable during summer. So instead of waiting to be in the middle of your road trip to find out that your A/C already requires cleaning or needs more Freon, have it checked before the onset of summer.
Our car battery dislikes summer heat more than the coldness of winter because heat can cause evaporation of battery fluid, which in turn can lead to internal damage. To keep your battery from dying in the middle of nowhere, watch out for the signs that your battery already needs replacing. First of all, consider its age. If it’s in the 3 – 5 year zone, there’s a good chance it is nearing, or is already at the end of its usefulness. Another sign to look out for is frequent slow or sluggish cranking of your engine, or simply taking a longer time to start. There are also the physical signs like low battery fluid, an unpleasant battery smell, and a deformed appearance.
Rising temperatures mean rising pressures. And if you let your tires remain over-inflated as you drive on hot roads that can put even more stress on your tires as they’re forced to flex more, your chances of having a blowout get magnified. There’s an easy way to avoid this: simply practice diligence in making sure your tires are properly inflated. Having it checked every time you gas up is usually an advice worth heeding.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Cars
Our goal is to ensure that you don’t need our services; paying attention to these common car repairs is a start. But sometimes accidents happen. Whether it’s a deer that jumps out in front of you as you’re zipping down the highway, or an inattentive driver backs into you in the parking lot, or something else; we are here to help restore your vehicle to full factory safety specifications.
Need a quote on getting your vehicle fixed? Call us at 406-259-6328.