According to AAA, below is a list of the most common car problems reported during the summer months – and steps you can take to help prevent a breakdown.
Check your tires (including your spare) once a month for proper inflation. The optimal tire pressure varies by car make and model, so fill to the pressure listed in the owner’s manual – not the maximum pressure listed on the tire itself.
Summer heat can significantly reduce your battery’s performance. Most car batteries only last about 4 to 5 years, so if your battery is 4 or more years older and is not holding a charge (keeps running down), or it does not seem to crank your engine a normal speed, you probably need a new battery.
A GOOD battery is one that will accept and hold a charge, and is capable of producing close to its rated amperage output. A BAD battery is one that will NOT accept or hold a charge, or cannot produce adequate cranking amps. A GOOD battery can be recharged and returned to service but a BAD battery needs to be replaced. The only way to know if your battery is GOOD or BAD is to test it.
Inadequate coolant can corrode seals, damage your water pump and cause your engine to overheat. Have a professional check your car’s fluid levels and cooling system, making sure it has the proper mix of antifreeze and water.
A broken belt can disable your car’s engine cooling, power steering, A/C and other key systems, so it’s critical that they’re in good condition. If you’re headed out on a summer road trip, it’s a good idea to have your belts and filters checked before you leave.
If you have any questions regarding the condition or safety of your vehicle – please contact our nearest Dunn Tire store for professional assistance.Top