7 Annoying Predicaments Your Car Can Get In This Summer and Ways To Prevent Them

June 12th, 2020 by

 

The warm summer months are fast approaching and we at Driver’s Auto Mart are left to wonder if you and your car are is just too hot to handle. Summer weather has a bit of a tendency to play mischief with cars, costing you more money and time, but the good news is, many of these issues are preventable. Here are 7 Annoying Predicaments Your Car Can Get This Summer and Ways To Prevent Them.

Air Conditioning Not Working

The A/C not working during the earth’s cookout season is likely one of the worst things that can happen, especially during long commutes. Rolling the windows down may be somewhat helpful (unless you’re at a red light), but sometimes temperatures can potentially climb up to hazardous levels, even more so if traffic is moving at a slow pace.

Essentially, cars are working well past their shift during the summer months, therefore it is very important that drivers keep tabs on his or her fluid levels and make certain that their battery and electrical system are working as they should. Drivers who currently have hot air blowing in their faces would be wise to let a professional take care of the issue sooner rather than later.

As a preventative measure, it’s best to drive earlier in the mornings or later in the evenings since those particular times are cooler. Doing this may hold off on putting needless strain onto the system

Bad Odor

Are you bikini ready? We assume that you are, as summer temperatures are more than ideal for beach days, but unfortunately, while you were going in and out of the car with your wet beach towels, bathing suit, and other muggy items, bacteria and mildew were being greatly encouraged. It’s important to let the inside of your cabin to dry fully by leaving the doors and windows open after the seats soaked.

Is it too late? Not to worry, mildew damage can be treated easily by a wide range of all-natural solutions like tea tree oil, vinegar, or baking soda.

Weakened Battery

Warmer temperatures can put a toll on car batteries. Work smarter, not harder by being certain that the entire battery is covered by the plastic covering and is in good condition. The importance of this is because this covering is made to let air pass over the battery while it runs, thus keeping it cool. Stop by your local mechanic if the battery looks out of shape. However, even if it’s not, it’s always best to change the battery every 3-5 years.

Wimpy Wipers

Florida residents know pretty well about that summertime rain dance. Thunderstorms can prove to be a piece of work on your car’s blades, and driving with worn wipes can be quite dangerous. Make sure to inspect the edges of your blades to see if they are fresh, straight, and fitted. Any blemishes permit water and debris to sneak underneath and cause smearing and sometimes scratching. Overall, it’s recommended to change wipers every 6 months.

Severed Drive Belt

A broken drive belt means that everything comes to a halt for you and your car. A drive belt is responsible for powering all of the engine’s components, without it, the air conditioning, power steering, and alternator will stop dead. The average belt has a lifespan between 60,000 to 100,000 miles but if it’s way past that, then its time to get your car a checkup ASAP. This is especially important now more than ever since summer heat improves the chances that the haggard drive belt will snap.

Low Tire Pressure

Tires under very fluctuating temperatures can soon lead to tire pressures that are either under-inflated or over-inflated. For us Floridan residents, our temperatures range from warm, hot, to downright deadly, but of course, during the fall months, this is something to look out for. 

However, for our Northern residents who experience temperatures of an average of 60 degrees and then a cool and crisp 30 at night during this time, tire lights may turn on quite regularly.

Drivers who plan on taking any long trips this season should make sure to inspect his or her tire pressure before and during their long travels. 

Gasoline Leak

Gasoline transforms to vapor with warmer temperatures and raises the pressure in fuel tasks. Surplus pressure is lessened via a system of hoses and is captured in a holding tank up to its ready to be used by the engine. 

More pressure builds up as temperatures flare-up. Any type of leak or crack in the fuel line will lead to the vaporized gasoline to break free, causing the fuel efficiency to decrease greatly. Make certain that your fuel cap is fitting on tight. If that doesn’t work, its best to see a mechanic.

Driver’s Auto Mart

Perhaps your car is just outdated and its time for a new one, but for a reasonable price. Look no further than Driver’s Auto Mart, we sell pre-owned vehicles that are up-to-date and economically friendly. Those who are interested in any of our vehicles can view our online inventory, there you’ll find vehicles suitable for a variety of needs. Once you find something that feeds you fancy, chat with an online representative for further assistance.

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