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Not So Fun in the Sun: Summer Engine Troubles

 

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Heading to the beach this summer? Don’t let your car overheat. Oh, and watch out for sand, too.

Whether you like hot weather or cold, you have to recognize that summer is coming.  And with it comes picnics, pool parties, barbeques, and summer car trouble.  Yeah, winter doesn’t bring the only seasonal car problems.  Freezing engines in the winter, pollen in the spring, and heat in the summer.

 

What Summer Does to Your Car

 

The most obvious problem is, of course, overheating.  But we’ve discussed previously what you can do for an overheating car.  But one major problem you may not think of offhand is your battery.  In the summer sun, battery fluid can evaporate on couplings and corrode the material.  Make sure you check your battery for leaking fluid.

Another part of your car to watch out for is the engine.  Make sure all its fluids are full, to keep the engine lubricated and the coolant flowing.  You may want to flush your coolant system to make sure it’s running properly.  And while you’re at it, check the air conditioning to keep from overheating yourself.

Also, beware of the tires.  If your tires aren’t inflated enough, they’ll create more friction with the road, become increasingly hot, and may well blow out.  As if decreasing your speed and maneuverability wasn’t bad enough.

As a last caution, remember to keep your car washed and waxed if you want it to look its best.  UV rays are bad for both your skin and your car’s exterior.

As long as you’re careful, you shouldn’t have major problems over the summer.  In fact, that holds true for more than just your car.  So have a good time this summer without car breakdowns.

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