There’s nothing like cruising down the highway with the windows down and the music blasting on the way to your vacation destination. Unfortunately, nothing can kill your summer road trip plans more quickly than a car problem. Instead of reaching the beach on time, you will find yourself waiting at the mechanic for hours for auto repairs. Luckily, you can prevent a number of the most common summer car problems before they happen by watching out for the warning signs.
To help keep you on the road this summer, here’s a short guide to how to spot a developing car problem and what can be done to avoid it in the future.
The heat of the New York summers can be tough on a car battery. The high temperatures paired with the humidity levels can cause the battery fluid to evaporate, which will result in serious damage to the internal parts of the battery. The best way to prevent this is by replacing the battery before it becomes too old and prone to failure. Typically, car batteries should be replaced every three to five years. If you’ve had to charge the battery recently or if the car regularly has trouble starting, take the car to Bell Autocare before heading out on vacation.
The sweltering summer heat can be tough on a person. It can also have the same effect on your car. Cars are more prone to the engine overheating in the harsh summer heat. A faulty cooling system can make the care more likely to overheat, as it will have to work twice as hard to produce the same results. Check the fluid levels regularly to prevent this from happening. Make sure there is a sufficient amount of coolant and have our ASE Certified Technician inspect the car if any fluids appear to be leaking.
Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent a flat tire. Debris on the road can puncture the tire, which will cause the air to leak out or the entire tire to shred. You can still do you part to avoid a blowout, though, by replacing the tires regularly. The tires need to be aligned and the pressure checked every 6,000 miles. Regularly check the tires for any nails or debris embedded in the tread. Lastly, always pack a working spare tire, lug wrench and a car jack to keep a flat from derailing your summer getaway.
Air conditioning goes out
Don’t get stuck sweating in your car when the air conditioner goes out. Test the AC before packing up the car to ensure the blower motor works and none of the fuses responsible for the fan speed are faulty. Take it to an auto repair shop if the air doesn’t feel as cool as you think it should.
Don’t let car problems ruin your summer fun. The best way to prevent many of these issues is to have your car checked by the experts at Bell Autocare regularly. Our team of ASE Certified Technicians will be able to identify any problems and make the necessary auto repairs before you hit the road. Call today to schedule your appointment!