Get Your Vehicle Ready for the Summer Heat – 7 Major Causes of Vehicle Breakdowns


It’s almost that time of year again; you know the one–the one where it’s so hot outside that you literally melt just walking to your car! Although we really do love the summer, the heat can be grueling and can cause your vehicle to be susceptible to a breakdown.

So, while some folks can take or leave the heat, one thing that is often overlooked is the affect heat (and drastic temperature in general) can have on a vehicle. As temperatures rise, so does the risk of a costly breakdown of your vehicle. Since we all want to avoid this scenario, we want to share with you the major causes of vehicle breakdowns related to summer’s heat. Take a look:

Cause # 1: Insufficient Coolant

When the temperature warning light goes on, you may be low on coolant. After the car cools, check the coolant and fill to the proper level with a 50/50 mixture.

Cause #2: Dirty or Rusty Coolant

It’s time to flush the cooling system. You can either do this yourself of bring your vehicle in to our service department and have one of our experts take care of it for you. Your AC will run better and your gas mileage will even improve slightly.

Cause #3: Hose Deterioration

If your hoses are spongy, hard, or start to swell around the hose clamps, it’s time to replace them.

Cause #4: Sticky Thermostat

If the engine takes too long to heat, it means your thermostat is stuck in the open position and needs to be replaced. This is a repair that we would recommend coming into the shop to have done.

Cause #5: Worn Fan Belt

If your fan belt is cracked, fraying, or starts to squeal, it’s probably slipping. Check for proper belt tension and replace worn belts.

Case #6: Radiator Slug or Rust

When your engine overheats and there is goo visible in the radiator neck, it’s time to clean or replace the radiator.

Cause #7: Coolant Overflow

Loss of coolant through the overflow pipe usually means a leaky radiator cap. It’s a cool idea to keep your car’s radiator in good condition, especially in hot weather.

There you have it: The 7 major, but often overlooked, conditions that could land your car in the shop this summer! Take some time to check out your vehicle’s health, or stop in to Tischer and we will take care of you!