Top Causes of Summer Car Breakdowns

The summertime is perfect for those weekend getaways, camping trips, lake days, and enjoying each other's company. During the summer, we typically see an increase in traffic and the number of people on the road, eager to enjoy the sunshine. However, did you know that the summer weather conditions can actually take a toll on our vehicles one way or another? It's true - there are certain reasons cars tend to breakdown during the summer - but there are ways that you can avoid these issues, too. 

The best way to avoid any breakdown is to stay current with your vehicle's regular maintenance and service. Maintenance is the key to a healthy vehicle, and if you haven't been on track with your vehicle's needs, you'll be more at risk of a breakdown in the summer heat. 

Here are the most common reasons for a breakdown in the summer, and what you can do to try to prevent it from happening: 

  • Check engine light - since most are busier during the summer, the check engine light tends to go ignored more often. The thing about the check engine light is that you can't understand the severity of the issue without having diagnostics performed. Many assume the light will just go away, and it turns out it was a major issue that eventually causes their vehicles to stop working altogether. As soon as you see the check engine light turn on, we invite you to Victory Auto Service & Glass for diagnostics. 
  • Flat tire - flat tires tend to be more common during the summer, just due to the increase in driving and the effect that the warm roads have on our tires. The best way to avoid a flat is by consistently checking your vehicle's tire pressure and ensuring that your tires are in good condition. 
  • Engine overheating - cars are more susceptible to overheating in the summer if there is already an underlying issue, such as a coolant leak. To avoid this, have your cooling system inspected. Keep an eye on the temperature gauge on your dashboard and bring your vehicle into our professionals as soon as you see the cooling system warning light turn on. 
  • Dead battery - warm temperatures can cause corrosion around battery terminals and can cause battery fluid to evaporate quicker, which can make an already dying battery go out completely. Batteries only last between 3-5 years, so if it's been a while since your last battery replacement, you may want to have your battery tested to ensure it will last throughout the heat. 

These are just some of the most common reasons why vehicles tend to breakdown during the summer. To avoid any issues this season, we invite you to Victory Auto Service & Glass for a full vehicle inspection. We can evaluate your car and make sure it's in good condition to remain reliable in the soaring temperatures. Give us a call or stop by today! 

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