Now that we are in the middle of summer enjoying the warm weather, we are spending more time on the road going to our favorite vacation spots. Why let car breakdowns get in the way of fun if you can prevent it? The following are four typical car summer breakdowns. We recommend stopping by a reputable local independent car service as an alternative to more expensive and impersonal dealership facilities.
Most of us think of a dead car battery occurring mostly in winter, but the heat waves of summer can place added stress on batteries, leading to battery fluid evaporation and damaging corrosion. As part of your car’s regular service schedule, have a technician inspect your car’s battery, alternator, and starter.
Check Engine Light
An activated check engine light is a potential indicator of several issues. While you may be able to handle a basic problem such as a faulty gas cap, the majority of issues require professional care. It is advisable to take your car to a certified mechanic and have a computer determine the fault codes to get a proper diagnosis.
Summer’s high temperatures can often lead to overheating. You may be headed to a mountain cabin, and the climb up a steep grade may strain the engine and its cooling system. The temperature gauge on your dashboard will indicate when your engine is overheating, and it is better to pull over safely and turn off the engine before serious damage results. Have your car’s coolant levels inspected at the start of every season or long road trip by a professional.
Flat tires occur much more frequently in summer than during any other season. While it is quite useful for you to be knowledgeable and physically able to change your flat tire, it is far more important to have your tires inflated, balanced, and aligned properly as part of a regular inspection schedule. Tire pressure should be checked monthly to help ensure safety and even tread wear. Don’t forget to check the spare tire as well.
Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.