Why Does the Heat Matter?

Once you notice the car’s temperature gauge going up, this is the time to make your way to the nearest auto shop and get your vehicle checked immediately. It is especially true in Arizona, where temperatures during summer can reach higher than 100° Fahrenheit. Excessive heat can cause a myriad of problems to your vehicle, from evaporated fluids to compromised brakes and even damaged batteries. In the end, it can compromise you and your passenger’s safety, lead to costly repairs, and affect the overall performance of your car. This article will explore what intense heat can do to your car, particularly its most vulnerable components.

 

Compromised Brakes

Although we often don’t put too much thought into brake fluid when it comes to our car’s maintenance, it’s one of the most heat-sensitive components of the vehicle. Once brake fluid overheats, it creates gas bubbles that boil in the caliper. The result is a “soft” brake pedal effect that can compromise your car’s stopping ability. And with a compromised brake, driving becomes extremely unsafe for you and your passengers.

 

Overheated Batteries

High temperatures can trigger a chemical reaction in your car’s battery causing internal fluids to evaporate. This chemical reaction leaves your vehicle more or less useless as your car won’t run without a properly functioning battery. You can prevent this from happening by making sure that your battery is free from corrosion and its components are clean. If your car receives prolonged exposure to the sun, a regular check-up from a professional is always a good choice.

 

Damaged Tires

During summer, tires will absorb all the extra heat coming from the pavement, putting more stress on tread cracks, bald spots, and sidewall bubbles while driving. Too much heat on the tires typically disintegrates its surface as the increased air pressure causes the tire’s center to wear out faster than its outer edges. And in the worst scenario, it can even result in an immediate tire blowout. Make sure to check your tire’s condition and its air pressure, especially when you are driving in the summertime or during hot days in general.

 

Dried up Fluids

Aside from brake fluids, hot temperatures can also affect other essential liquids in your automobile. Intense heat can cause mechanical failures from oil burn-out as the engine is unable to lubricate parts. A dried-up radiator fluid and air conditioning coolant can also compromise the overall performance of your car. It can also lead to serious damages to your engine that are quite costly to repair.

 

Damaged Belts and Hoses

Most vehicles today, including more sophisticated models, still rely on the traditional belt and hose system to distribute essential fluids throughout the engine. Intense heat compromises your car’s lubricating ability and can damage its belts and hoses. We recommend inspecting belts and hoses physically for any sign of damage and wear-and-tear. Try to focus on areas near clamps and connections as they are generally the weakest links. A well-performing belt and hose can save you a lot of potential problems with your car’s radiator and engine.