The Impact of Summer Heat on Vehicle Maintenance

Close up on a car's internal mechanics underneath the hood

Like any mechanical object, the wear and tear suffered by a vehicle will depend heavily on environmental conditions. Wondering how the summer heat impacts vehicle maintenance? Below, we’ve broken down everything drivers need to know about the effect that heat can have on your vehicle. 

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Engine Oil is Less Efficient 

Unfortunately, your vehicle’s oil is less efficient in the summer than during the winter. The heat causes engine oil to thin out at a faster rate, reducing its ability to effectively protect your engine’s mechanical components from degrading and providing less protection from engine overheating. Fortunately, clean engine oil is still an effective way to safeguard your engine, even in the summer. Because of this, it’s important for drivers to stop in for their regular oil changes when the weather is warm.  

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Tire Pressure Increases 

As the outside temperature increases, the pressure inside your vehicle’s tires increases as well. While most drivers worry about underinflated tires, overinflated tires can result in problems as well. Overinflated tires can wear unevenly, or even result in an unexpected blowout while driving. When the temperature rises, don’t hesitate to check your tires’ pressure. 

Batteries Degrade Faster 

When the temperature rises, the vehicle’s battery fluid runs the risk of evaporating. If too much of the battery fluid evaporates, the battery can be damaged and hold less of a charge. The evaporating fluid can also result in acid leaks, which can corrode the terminals of the battery. 

Stop in for Service at Hogan Chevrolet

Experiencing difficulties with your vehicle this summer? There’s no shortage of ways the heat could be causing difficulties for your vehicle. Don’t hesitate to schedule a service appointment with our team here at Hogan Chevrolet, located in Scarborough, Ontario. Drivers can schedule a service appointment right here on the Hogan Chevrolet website.