Summer days have a lot of our customers itching to explore. With the mid-summer slump coming and flight prices sky high, it's time to plan a road trip! Before you hit the highway, we always recommend scheduling a tune-up. Here are some of the most common summer car repairs you can avoid with a quick tune-up.
One of the more common summer repairs is an overheated engine. On particularly hot summer days, when you’re often cruising longer distances with your A/C blasting, your engine is working double time to regulate its own temperature while keeping the car's cabin cool. Occasionally, the system becomes overwhelmed causing the engine to overheat.
If this happens on the road, your mechanic or roadside assistance service might recommend adding more coolant to the engine to get you to your destination. Either way, you’ll want to see a mechanic as soon as possible— in addition to adding coolant you might need to repair your engine’s thermometer or heat sensor which is a more involved repair.
If your car or car battery are a little on the older side, your battery might be finicky in the hottest weeks of summer (and the colder months of winter!). Car batteries are very sensitive to extremes in temperature— and that sensitivity only increases as they age.
If you haven’t had your battery checked this season, we recommend scheduling a battery test for your vehicle
Summer heat can do a number on tires, particularly older or damaged ones. The extreme heat, both in the air and on the asphalt, can cause tires to wear more quickly and exacerbate any existing issues. But a roadside blowout will put a swift end to any road trip.
It’s important to inspect your tires often for damage and have your mechanic take a more detailed look when you bring your car in for summer service so you can proactively plan for a replacement if needed.
Read More: Common Signs of Irregular Tire Wear
At V&F, we strive to provide our customers with a well-rounded knowledge of all things automotive and we’re proud to offer seasonal tune-up services for all of our customers.
Since 1988, our family-owned and operated service center has been providing top-quality auto repair services to Agawam, Feeding Hills, Southwick, West Springfield, and the surrounding Massachusetts communities. If you need summer car repairs, call us at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.