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Understanding the Importance of Auto Service: A Guide for Everyone

Auto service is critical, and without it, you can lose your car or put yourself in danger. Hi, my name is Pete, and after ignoring my brakes for too long, I was in an accident. I made it my goal to learn everything I could about the importance of car service. Regardless of how much or how little you know about cars, I hope that these blogs can help you. I plan to focus on a range of topics related to auto service and possibly some other ideas as well. This is my first blog, and I hope that you enjoy it. When I'm not writing, I work in a coffee shop during the day and part-time for a telemarketing company in the evenings. I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family.

Understanding the Importance of Auto Service: A Guide for Everyone

How to prevent car problems during hot weather

by Alexandra Obrien

The summer season brings with it many things which can impact your vehicle's functionality; humidity, long road trips, hot tarmac and high temperatures can all take their toll on its systems. Here are three parts of your vehicle you should keep an eye on if you want to avoid car trouble during the warmer months.  

The transmission

Heat can wreak havoc on a vehicle's transmission, largely because accelerating and braking frequently on hot days tends to dramatically increase the rate at which the transmission fluid evaporates. Drivers who are unaware of this fact sometimes make the mistake of not checking these fluid levels often enough, which in turn can lead to their transmission failing and causing a breakdown that requires auto mechanical repairs. As such, it's important to monitor this fluid level closely throughout the summer months, particularly if you will be driving in heavy traffic regularly (as this usually necessitates constant braking and acceleration).

Tyre pressure

On a hot day, the air inside car tyres tends to expand, resulting in over-inflation; this can make them more prone to damage when a vehicle drives over road debris or a pothole. It can also reduce traction; this could be very dangerous, should you drive over a patch of oil or other slippery substance on the road, as your car would be much more likely to spin out of control and crash. Given this, it's absolutely essential to check your vehicle's tyre pressure more frequently during the summer season; invest in a tyre gauge and use it regularly.

The battery

One of the most common types of auto mechanical repairs that mechanics deal with during the summer are dead batteries. Many people believe that this issue is most likely to occur in the wintertime; in reality, it can happen just as easily during the warmer seasons. Because a car battery contains fluids (namely, acid and water), high temperatures can cause evaporation rates to rise, which in turn can drain the battery's power, corrode its connections and terminals, and damage its lead plates.

You can prevent this problem from occurring by making sure to park your car either in a sheltered car park or in the shade when you're away from home. This will reduce the amount of heat the car is exposed to and thus lower the chance of the battery's fluids evaporating. However, if you will be travelling quite a bit throughout the summer, it may not always be possible to park your vehicle out of direct sunlight. As such, it's sensible to keep a battery jump starter and some jumper leads in your boot, in case it does end up dying.