Who doesn’t love backyard barbecues, swimming pools, and playing in the park? Summer is four months of freedom from cold weather, accidents on slushy roads, and being bundled up in layers of clothes and coats. On the other hand, the heat causes severe and costly problems to your car. Here’s what Evergreen Park, IL’s Martin Insurance Team wants you to look out for with your auto.
Heat Doesn’t Always Make Things Expand
Did you know that heat will thin the motor oil in your car? As it circulates through the engine, it thins, leaving not enough oil to reach all the corners of your engine.
Did you also know that the heat causes your tires’ air pressure to increase? This could mean a blowout, which in turn could mean a wreck.
Here are other ways summer heat affects your auto.
The chemical processes inside a car battery are delayed in the summer heat. This means the battery won’t hold a charge even if it generates enough power. Additionally, battery fluids evaporate faster in summer. Check your battery regularly in all seasons.
While it doesn’t impede the car’s operation, it does make the summer heat more bearable. If you find your a/c sluggish or not putting out enough cold air, by all means, get it checked.
You wouldn’t think the windshield would matter in the heat of August, but it definitely does. Anything can cause a crack to start, such as a stone or something flying through a bad storm. The problem comes when the heat causes that crack to expand. Get any windshield problems fixed immediately for safety.
We usually consider storms and icy winter roads when considering what could happen to our auto. Call or stop in Evergreen Park, IL to ask Martin Insurance Team for more information.