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3 Most Common summer car breakdowns and solutions

Lets take a look at the most common breakdowns during the hot summer months and offer advice on how to prevent them.

1. Battery-related problems

Batteries are the number one cause on the list for summer breakdowns. Car batteries have a hard time with temperatures soaring into the 50’s.

Battery issues rise due to increased stop-start activity, not just in traffic, but more short journeys when people are at home or at holiday destinations. Also in situations where the whole family is loaded up on long journeys, often in slow traffic with increased number of entertainment devices plugged in; phones, tablets, gaming, dvd’s, sat navs and more, a lot more demand is placed on the battery and the alternator. What’s more, if you’re crawling in slow traffic, the car’s electrical system may not be generating enough power to replenish this battery drain.

If your battery is aging, consider replacing it before it fails. 24 months replacement cycles are a good rule of thumb, as problems can set in once batteries get to older than that.

If you are finding that the battery isn’t holding a charge very well at all then it might be time to replace it, in which case we would again recommend either visiting our car battery location or call us on 800 2288379

2. Tyres

Tarmac temperature can get very high in the summer. This can soon highlight any lurking issues with tyres – cracked, aged rubber may just cope with a run to the shops, but might rapidly fail if subjected to more intensive use.

Poor preparation leads to more blowouts as tyres should be checked regularly, also during the summer months tyre blowouts often occur on caravans and trailers too – tyre checks are not always carried out on caravans and trailers like they are on your car.

Visual inspections will show cracks or distortions in the rubber, if you regularly check your tyre pressures and notice one tyre often has a lower pressure than the others it could be a sign that it has a slow puncture and needs replacing, or that perhaps the valve is faulty.

It’s vital you check the condition of your tyres, and your tyre pressures regularly.

3. Punctures without a spare

Believe it or not third on the list is actually attending call outs where someone has had a puncture but their vehicle doesn’t have a spare.

Some drivers might think it’s not a problem, until they open the boot and discover their car doesn’t have a spare wheel, but a tyre repair kit instead. These can work if it’s a minor puncture, but if the tyre is ripped, torn or shredded, a tyre repair kit will be no use.

How to prevent this one is pretty straightforward – check if your vehicle has a spare tyre before you set off.

If you are on the road with a puncture that you cannot repair or need a flat tire replacement, you may need to call us on 800 FLAT : 800 3528

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