Common Causes of Breakdowns in the Summer

Summer in the desert can be tough on vehicles. There are several issues that can result in a car breakdown, such as an overheated engine or a worn-out clutch. By being aware of these potential issues, you may sometimes be able to prevent them. However, a breakdown may still happen from time to time. It’s always a good idea to keep the number of a tow truck company in your cellphone—just in case.

Overheated Engine

A vehicle can heat up quickly during the summer, especially if you’re driving it over a long distance when the sun is at its peak. If the temperature gets too hot, the coolant system may not be able to keep the engine sufficiently cool. You can help keep your coolant system working properly by checking its level frequently. Remember to only add coolant when the engine is cool. You might also consider scheduling a coolant flush (also known as a radiator flush) every 40,000 miles or as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.

Worn-Out Clutch

It’s not uncommon for a clutch to wear down more quickly during the hot summer months. This is especially true if you’re doing a lot of stop-and-go driving in town, rather than highway driving. If you notice a burning smell, that could be your clutch suddenly breaking down. Pull over and call for a tow. You may be able to get your car to a mechanic before the clutch deteriorates too far. As you engage the clutch, the vehicle shuddering can indicate the clutch is wearing down.

Blown-Out Tires

As the temperature climbs, the air in the tires expands, causing the tire pressure to rise. If you’re driving on overinflated tires on hot pavement, the friction can result in a tire blow-out. It’s important to check your tire pressure frequently during the summer for this reason.

In the summer in Arizona, a breakdown can be dangerous as it places you at risk of heat-related illnesses. You can always rely on the experienced team of tow truck drivers at Barnett’s Towing, LLC to respond to your call quickly and professionally. Call our dispatcher at (800) 722-2302 from anywhere in Arizona and at any time of the day or night.