Before you plan a trip, you need to make sure that your car is ready for the road. It is easy to ignore minor car failures but once they are left unchecked, they can slow down a road trip and may even cost you money. If your car is showing signs of failure, it is necessary to have the engine checked. More serious problems can occur if you don’t pay attention to minor car issues. Knowing these following car issues can help you avoid roadside incidents:
If your car has a faulty cooling system or low fluid level, it is more likely to encounter overheating. The vehicle’s cooling system works harder during hotter months in order to prevent overheating. During summer months, make sure you check your car’s fluids such as brake fluid, engine coolant, washer fluid, engine oil and automatic transmission fluid. If your car overheats, the dashboard warning light comes on. In case you have gotten yourself into this situation, simply turn off your air conditioning and turn on your heater. This technique can remove heat from your engine. As much as possible, you should also try adding fan to cool things down.
2. No Start
Summer months can pose a serious threat to your battery. During hotter months, make sure battery is surrounded by plastic pieces, which are engineered as these can keep batter cool. The plastic pieces can also provide fresh and extend battery life. Since the battery is responsible for starting the vehicle, be sure it is in good condition before you hit the road. If it takes a long time for your car to start, try checking the battery. A battery tester, which is plugged into your vehicle’s 12-volt receptacle will do the trick. You can also prevent battery problems by replacing it every three years. You can also refer to the owner’s manual for recommendations.
3. Flat Tyre
Flat tyres caused by wear and tear are the number one reason for road-trip delays. Your tyres are more prone to overinflation during hotter months. The heat causes increased air pressure and in this case, you may need to monitor your tyres regularly especially if you have newer vehicle. You can tell if your car needs to let out or add air by a simple tyre gauge. You can go to a service station to have your tyres checked. You can also refer to your owner’s manual for you to know the proper tyre inflation levels.
4. Engine Surge
If you have a dirty air filter, you are more likely to experience engine surge, which can also make room for other vehicle problems. Drivability problems occur in high humidity or heat and when these are not fixed, it can also lead to costly repairs. Getting your vehicle ready for a long trip should involve checking your air filter. Make sure it is clean so you won’t have to worry about your engine while on the road. Take your vehicle to the local repair shop so you can check if something is restricting or blocking the flow.
5. Evaporative Leak
Emissions that are evaporative are due to fuel volatility. It is usually triggered by a rise in outside temperature. Once leak is detected the light labeled ‘check engine’ must turn on. Leak is also caused by a loose gas cap, but leaks in older vehicles may have other problems. You need to pay close attention to fuel leak if you have an older vehicle.