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Could Summer Heat Lead to an Auto Meltdown?

More vehicles break down in summer than any other season. Here, the four most common culprits—and how to prevent them.

Dead Battery

Why it happens: Summer heat is harder on a car battery than the frigid cold of winter.
How to prevent it: If your car struggles to start, contact AAA to request AAA Mobile Battery Service (available in most areas). A technician will test your battery and, if necessary, sell you a new one and install it on the spot. Many AAA Approved Auto Repair locations also provide battery services. Plus, members save at every visit: Get a 10% discount on labor (up to $50) and repairs also come with a 24-month/24,000-mile guarantee on parts and labor.
Roadside requests: Nationwide, AAA helped nearly 6.5 million members with battery-related issues—about 23 percent of its roadside assistance calls in 2016.

Flat Tire

Why it happens: Tire temperatures soar on hot summer roads, putting underinflated and worn tires at a greater risk of a blowout.
How to prevent it: Once a month, check tire pressure*, measure tread depth and look for uneven wear. See the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure (on a sticker in the door jamb and in the owner’s manual).*

Overheated Engine

Why it happens: Automobile engines work extra hard in the summer, and among the many reasons they overheat is one you can spot ahead of time: coolant that is contaminated or running low.
How to prevent it: Check the coolant level, and watch for colored, sweet-smelling puddles under the car.
Tip: If your engine overheats, pull off the road as soon as possible, turn off the engine. Don’t open the hood—and never remove the radiator cap.

Out of Gas

Why it happens: Drivers often simply forget to check the fuel gauge or purposely drive until it’s near empty. Tip: Keep ample gas in the tank to keep the electric fuel pump cool; you risk damaging the pump by letting gas run low.
How to prevent it: Check the fuel gauge each time you start your car. When it shows a quarter tank, it’s time to head to a nearby gas station.

*Please note that the tire pressure PSI (pounds per square inch) molded on a tire sidewall is its maximum PSI.

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