It’s a season of warm temperatures, long holiday drives and summer storms, so it’s no wonder that our cars can cause us problems at this time of year. Many people presume that winter is the worst season for breakdowns, but summer can also be problematic for vehicles. Make sure you get your car serviced and perform general maintenance checks before long journeys, and you should avoid the worst of summer related car issues.
If you’re wondering why the rising temperatures can have a negative effect on engines, read on for some of the most common summer car problems we experience here at the garage.
Air conditioning leaks
Nobody likes travelling in a sweltering car, which is why if it has air conditioning installed it will probably be in use for the majority of the summer. Even cooler days with a lot of sunshine can cause cars to become unbearable, especially when sitting stationary in traffic or driving long distances. However, air conditioning systems are very complex and there are a number of issues which can arise with them. To prevent leaks, get the air conditioning serviced and topped up every couple of years which will keep it as efficient as possible. This will also prevent any bad odours.
Traffic jams, long journeys and hot weather are a recipe for disaster. It’s easy for many engines to overheat, so take measures to try and prevent it from happening. Check the cooling fan is in use, and the coolant levels are correct to keep the engine as cool as possible. If you think your engine may be prone to overheating, it’s worth getting it checked out by a mechanic who will be able to advise if any parts need replacing.
High temperatures can worsen any current damage to tyres, meaning punctures are actually quite common during the summer. Check the tyre pressure regularly, and if the pressure is dropping quickly then you may have a slow puncture so get it checked out at a garage. You should also ensure the tyre tread doesn’t fall below the legal limit of 1.6mm.
You’ll find there are a lot of roadworks and resurfacing going on at this time of year, which could cause damage to the exterior of your car. Stay within the recommended speed limit when driving through road work zones, to prevent loose stones and debris from hitting and scratching the bodywork.
The hot months are just as challenging as winter for our vehicles – so stay alert and take measures to avoid these common problems.