Top Causes of Summer Car Breakdowns

The warm weather brings different types of car troubles, especially when the heat is unbearable. Regular maintenance and proper servicing of your vehicle can help avoid these breakdowns, but we understand that sometimes life gets in the way and things happen. 

Did you know that proper car maintenance can actually save you more than $1200/year? This is because minor services here and there actually help you prevent major issues and breakdowns, which is where the costs start to add up. 

Here are some of the top causes of summer car breakdowns: 

  • Driving on a check engine light - if you ever notice a check engine light turn on, it is important to bring your vehicle into D & J's Automotive as soon as possible. It's difficult to pinpoint the issue without running computer diagnostics, and continuing to drive your vehicle can make matters worse.
  • A flat tire - this is a common occurrence during the summer due to more vehicles on the road and the increase in street construction. Remember to check your tire pressure once a month and have your tires inspected regularly. 
  • Car overheating - an engine overheating warning sign or the temperature gauge reading at a high temp can lead to complete engine overheating, which will cause your car to stop running completely. The best way to avoid this is by having your cooling system inspected regularly. 
  • Dead car battery - a dead car battery can happen in the heat due to the evaporation of battery fluid and corrosion of parts due to battery acid. A test at our shop can determine how much charge your battery has and give it a good cleaning to avoid any damage from occurring. 

 If you're experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, bring your vehicle into the experts here at D & J's Automotive for friendly service. 

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