Common Car Breakdowns Due to Warm Weather

Car damage doesn’t only happen in the colder winter weather. In fact, it’s very common for cars to experience breakdowns during the warmer spring and summer months. As temperatures start to increase, the heat can cause problems in the engine, battery, tires, brakes, and fluids. No one wants to deal with car troubles, so as we enter spring and summer, keep an eye out for these common car failures.

Engine Overheating

As the temperature rises, your engine will start to get hotter. In extreme temperatures, your car’s cooling system is put under strain as it tries to keep the engine cool. To prevent your engine from overheating, inspect your cooling system for any signs of damage or deteriorating seals. Also, be sure to check your coolant regularly and top off if needed.

Car Breakdowns in the Summer

Tire Pressure Levels

Fluctuating temperatures influence the pressure levels of your tires. Rising temperatures cause tire pressures to increase, whereas colder temperatures will cause tire pressures to decrease. The spring and summer weather can be challenging because temperatures are usually very high during the day, and then they tend to cool off at night.

If you let the tire pressure get too high, it can lead to a tire blowout. On the other hand, if your tires are underinflated, they will generate more heat and potentially lead to tread separation. To avoid tire damage, you should check the tire pressure once every other week.  

A Dead Car Battery

Higher temperatures can strain your car battery. When it’s hot, your battery fluid can evaporate, which is a common explanation as to why your car won’t start. To be safe, have your car battery checked regularly, especially before you plan on taking a summer road trip.

 Av Bumper to Bumper is a family-owned auto repair and machine shop. We’ve been taking care of our customers’ automotive needs since 2000, and we’re ready to help you get your car ready for the warmer temperatures. Give us a call at 661-949-1999 to schedule a car maintenance appointment, or for any of your repair needs!

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