Having car problems can ruin your day, your week, or your month. Knowing what you can do with your car to avoid car problems is irreplaceable knowledge. At Pfaff Autoworks in Vaughan, we commonly see vehicles that have the same types of car problems. Especially in the summer months, you don’t want to be without your vehicle as it gets repairs in the shop. With Pfaff Autoworks being a professional and reputable vehicle repair facility, we feel that it is our duty to provide people with information about how they can prolong the life of their vehicle and avoid problems this summer.
Here is a list of some common summertime car problems and how you can avoid them…
The last thing you need during your commute is your A/C blowing hot air on your freshly shaved face or perfectly curled hair. Even with the windows rolled down, the temperature inside your car can quickly rise to potentially dangerous levels on a hot day, especially if you’re stuck in traffic. When the temperature outside climbs your A/C has to work overtime, so keep an eye on your fluid levels and ensure that your battery and electrical system are in good working order.
Heat makes your battery work harder, reducing its lifespan and efficiency. Make sure that all the plastic pieces on the cover of your battery are present and in good condition. These pieces are designed to allow air to pass over the battery while it’s running, keeping it cooler. Pro-tip: Change your battery every 3-5 years. Old batteries are harder to charge and put extra strain on your alternator/generator, which could lead to serious and costly damage to your electrical system.
Underinflated Tires & Blowouts:
Tire problems can cause serious delays on your summer road trip, plus, they’re really scary! Hot temperatures during the daytime and cooler temperature at night can mess with your tire pressure and lead to under- or overinflated tires. Underinflated tires are vulnerable to damage, increased wear, and a potential blowout. When the internal components of your tire (the rubber, fabric, steel, etc.) stretch beyond their intended limit like they do when tires are underinflated, they become weak and fail–or POP. Check your tire pressure before, during, and after any long trip during the summer.
In the heat of summer, your gasoline turns into a vapor and increases the pressure in your fuel tank. Excess pressure is relieved through a system of hoses and stored in a holding tank until it can be used by your engine. The hotter it is outside, the more pressure builds up inside. If you have a cracked or leaking hose in your fuel line, vaporized gasoline will escape from the fuel tank, resulting in significantly lowered fuel efficiency. Even a slight leak in your fuel line will cause the check engine light to turn on. If this happens, first make sure that your fuel cap is on tight. If that doesn’t work and you notice you’re burning through fuel faster than usual or there’s a gasoline smell hanging around, feel free to schedule an appointment at Pfaff Autoworks.
For more information about how you can avoid car problems with your car this summer, or for information about our vehicle repair services, please feel free to continue browsing through our Pfaff Autoworks website. Click here to find our contact information and to fill out our contact form.