SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Warmer weather could mean trouble for your car if you’re not careful. Winter driving can be tough, but the heat can be stressful on your vehicle too.
Summer is upon us and as temperatures rise, auto repair experts are encouraging drivers to pay extra attention to their cooling systems and tires.
During the summer, car engines can get hot very quickly and it can be very taxing on the cooling systems.
If they’re not properly maintained, it could mean more costly damage.
Also important is proper tire tread and pressure.
Auto car experts said folks are cautious about tread during winter months, but have a tendency to let them run bald come drier weather.
“The reason that running our tires towards baldness is dangerous is that is when we risk blowouts. Now a blowout is very abrupt and if you’ve ever experienced it, it can be very terrifying. People should never forget that their lives depend on those tires,” said Bill Childs, owner of Childs Auto Repair Service.
And if tires are under-inflated, they can bulge out. The added pressure makes them more vulnerable to blowouts on hot roads.
Auto repair experts said regardless of the weather, sticking to your maintenance schedule will not only save you time and money, but trouble too. If you’re unsure of your car’s schedule, getting your oil changed regularly could help. Shops should be notifying you of any potential problems during that time.