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Summer Driving Faults: What Could Go Wrong With Your Car?

We often think of winter as being the time that our cars could breakdown, but summer poses its risks as well. Here’s some of the things that could go wrong…

Tyres

Excessive heat can affect the air pressures inside of a car’s tyres, which means that they can bulge. This increases the chances of a puncture or blowout occurring. One way to avoid this is to ensure that your tyre’s have the correct air pressures before we reach the warmer months. It also makes sense to regularly inspect your tyres for any sign of wear and tear.

Engine

Lengthy car trips, being stuck in traffic whilst exposed to the sun’s rays, summer driving can pose serious problems for our cars’ engines. An overheated engine can be thoroughly ruined, meaning that it may need to be replaced altogether; potentially costing thousands of pounds. During the summer, make sure that you have enough coolant and that it’s at the right level. If you’re worried that your engine has a tendency to overheat, consult a qualified mechanic.

Air Conditioning

If your car has air conditioning, the chances are that it’ll be in fairly constant use over the course of the summer months. This can place a lot of strain on it, especially if it’s used continuously during long drives. This excess usage can lead to leaks and other issues. You definitely don’t want to be stuck in a boiling car without air conditioning, so make sure yours is working properly before setting out on a long drive.

Batteries 

If we think of our cars’ batteries experiencing problems, we tend to associate them with the winter months and freezing temperatures. The truth is that batteries don’t like excessive temperatures one way or the other, hot or cold. Prolonged exposure to heat can have a big impact on a battery’s performance, so keep an eye on yours.

Clutch 

Your car’s clutch won’t fail simply because it gets hot. However, summer driving can expose it to additional levels of wear and tear. Why? Because more people drive during the summer, which leads to more traffic; this means we can find ourselves regularly riding the clutch or compressing it more frequently. Fortunately, problems with the clutch usually present themselves before it’s too late. You’ll notice a sponginess on the pedal and may hear a grinding sound when it’s compressed.

40% Of Older Drivers Involved In Road Accidents Failed To Look Properly – https://www.autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/40-of-older-drivers-involved-in-road-accidents-failed-to-look-properly/

Drivers Warned Of Spike In Breakdowns This Summer – https://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-news/drivers-warned-of-spike-in-breakdowns-this-summer/

With over 16,000 approved garages, a 24/7 support service and a host of cost-saving offers, Autoserve can keep your car moving smoothly. For any further questions please call Autoserve on 0121 521 3500.

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