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The Effects of Summer Heat on Your Car

Summer’s extreme heat can take a toll on you and it can also wreak havoc on your car. What can you do to lessen the damage, save money and maintain your car’s value during high temps?

High temperatures pose a threat to battery life, even more so than winter lows. Heat causes the battery’s electrolyte to evaporate and can damage the internal structure of the battery. Throughout the year, keep your battery terminals clean and free of corrosion and have its performance checked anytime for free at the AAA Car Care facility of your choice.

The temperature of summer pavement can be a threat to your tires, as heat is a tire’s enemy. Intense summer heat accelerates wear and could contribute to a failure or blowout if your tires are not in good shape. Have your tires carefully inspected at every oil change for signs of wear, small piercing objects, and tread depth. Be sure to check your inflation once per month. 

It is essential for your engine to maintain proper operating temperature regardless of the temperature outside. Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can cause cracks in belts and hoses which can lead to engine overheating. Have your hoses and belts checked regularly and your cooling system pressure tested for leaks, too.

Your entire braking system is affected by high temperatures. Excessive heat can cause brake fluid to boil inside the brake lines, causing pedal fade or even a total loss of braking power. Prevent brake failure by having your brakes inspected before the start of summer, and have your brake fluid tested for moisture or copper content. 

Be sensible about making your car summer ready. A little preventative work can go a long way. AAA offers expert service for your vehicle at all our car care facilities.

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