You are on the road for a summer vacation, but all of a sudden something happened to your car and you and your family are on the side of the road. Your fun vacation has turned into waiting for a tow truck and waiting in the repair shop. What causes car breakdowns in the summer? Citywide Towing Service explores this further below.
Your vehicle has to work extra hard in the summer heat. The vehicles come with a coolant system, which helps cool down your engine, but in the summer the coolant has to work extra hard. If you have low fluid or a damaged cooling system, then you have a better chance of your car overheating. To help with this, make sure you have the correct amount of engine oil, transmission fluid, washer fluid, brake fluid, and coolant in your car. You can notice if your car is starting to overheat by keeping an eye on your temperature gauge.
Summer is a very busy time. It is very common for tire blowouts to happen during the summer. If there has been previous damage to your tire or it is over-inflated. Then when it hits the increasingly heated road, it could cause further damage to your tire or even a tire blowout. Before you get on the road make sure you check the tire pressure so that you can eliminate issues on your journey.
Dead Car Battery
When the temperatures rise, the engine still needs to stay cool. When this happens the battery has to work harder. This can put stress on your car battery and cause the battery fluid to evaporate. It is also smart to check any of the plastic components to make sure nothing is stopping the airflow over your battery. Make sure the battery is in good shape. This can help eliminate battery problems.
When summer comes, you could get a fuel leak. Evaporation starts to happen when it gets hot and can cause the liquid fuel to evaporate. When this happens, the trapped vapor can cause pressure in your fuel tank. Your car is designed to allow excess pressure to escape through the hose. If you have a crack or hole in the hose, it will leak that vaporized fuel. If this happens your engine light will turn on and you will need to take it to a repair shop to get fixed.
Check Engine Light
You may notice in the summer you get your check engine light on. There could be many reasons why your check engine light could come on. From your gas cap not being on correctly to a much bigger problem. These are a few of the reasons why your check engine light could come on in the summer: Your car has a faulty oxygen sensor, an air flow sensor is faulty, spark plug or coil issues, or converter problems.
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If you find yourself on the side of the road during the hot summer with car problems and need to get your car in to an auto repair shop, then give Citywide Towing Service a call. We can tow your car to a mechanic or provide roadside assistance to get you home again.