Less Common Summer Car Problems

summer car problemsMost motorists know that overheated engines and tire blowouts are more common in the summer. However, other car parts or systems are also susceptible to damage during the warm season. With hotter days looming ahead, we wanted to discuss the less common summer car problems, ones you might not be aware of. 

The Battery

The battery is more prone to failure in the summer than it is in the winter. Hotter temperatures can cause faster evaporation of fluids. In turn, this can also lead to corrosive damage. The non-profit group Car Care Council believes that summer heat poses a greater threat to the battery than cold winter weather. Let an auto service team check your battery for signs of fluid evaporation.

Belts and Hoses

Hot temperatures are rough on belts and hoses. The radiator hose’s inner tube is especially susceptible to heat damage that may lead to cracking. Heat may also cause rib wear on serpentine belts.

Older cars have neoprene hoses, which are more vulnerable to heat-induced damage. Our auto repair crew recommends replacing these hoses with ones made from Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM). This is a more temperature-resistant material used in most modern automobiles.

Windshield Wipers

The windshield wipers are often the least of your concerns in the summer. However, the rubber part of the blades is susceptible to damage from sunrays. The heat causes the oil in the rubber to break down and bake into the windshield. This causes the wiper to become stuck in place or move at a slower pace.

Avoid the Less Common Summer Car Problems with a Tune-Up

Bring your car to Monroe Foreign Auto Repair before heading out for that summer road trip. This applies whether you drive a gasoline or hybrid car. Ignoring these less common summer car problems can lead to premature wear and tear.

Summer Car Maintenance and Tune-Ups

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