Lack of maintenance and age of the car are two of the factors that can increase the chance of a breakdown the most.
The lack of maintenance and the old age of the car are two of the factors that can affect our vehicle to break down. The percentage of possibilities increases during these days, with temperatures reaching above 40 degrees in some parts of Spain due to the heat wave.
Vehicles older than 10 years have the most mechanical failures, especially related to engine and electrical issues. The responsible maintenance of the vehicle makes it possible not only to guarantee road safety, but also the efficiency of the vehicle by avoiding an increase in fuel consumption and costs due to breakdowns.
Here are some of the most common problems that can affect vehicles with high temperatures:
1. Overheating: a clogged filter, a coolant leak, a faulty thermostat… There are many reasons why the vehicle’s cooling system cannot dissipate heat and cause the temperature needle to rise to the red area of the indicator. It is the classic cause of the hundreds of vehicles that stopped on the verge during the holidays, especially on retentions or on lengthy climbs.
2. Battery: it is one of the most common summer failures, reaching 30% of the failures that occur during these months.
3. Air Conditioning: Excessive use of the air system in the passenger compartment can lead to numerous problems, such as resistance deterioration, wear of the ducts that carry the air and even a possible leakage of refrigerant gas.
4. Braking System: The brake discs can be deformed by the pressure heat and the outside temperature, which affects the efficiency of the braking process and thus road safety.
5. Radiator: One of its main functions is to keep the engine cool, so exposure to high temperatures greatly affects its operation. To avoid possible malfunctions, the fluid levels should be checked.
6. Wheels: The effect of the heat from the asphalt causes more wear on the tires, increasing the risk of a tire blowout and loss of control of the vehicle.
7. EGR valve: It is the part responsible for diverting gases with polluting particles to the combustion system to prevent these particles from accumulating and reaching the engine. In the summer, the level of airborne pollutants increases, increasing the work the EGR valve has to do, which can cause it to lose effectiveness and break down.
8. Alternator: Overuse of the air conditioning and engine cooling system during the hottest days will overload this component. If it has deteriorated somewhat, the chance of spoilage increases in the summer.
Source: La Verdad
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