Beat the Heat: Essential A/C Repair and Car Maintenance Tips for Connecticut

When the weather heats up, certain components of your vehicle can face challenges. Here are a few important areas to keep an eye on as temperatures rise, along with some friendly tips for drivers

Air Conditioning (A/C) System:

Have you noticed your A/C blowing hot air when it was working fine last fall? This could be due to various issues, such as a faulty blower motor, condenser, worn compressor, or refrigerant leaks. Leave the AC repair troubleshooting to our trained technicians who can bring back the cool breeze in no time.

đź’ˇFriendly tip: If your A/C isn't cooling as it should, try rolling down the windows for a few minutes to let out the hot air before turning on the A/C. It can help cool down the cabin faster.

Tires:

Heat can be tough on tires, causing the rubber to degrade in sunlight and high temperatures. Additionally, tire pressure tends to increase as the mercury climbs. Our knowledgeable technicians can check your tire pressure, tread depth, and look for any signs of uneven wear. If it's time for new tires, we'll guide you through the selection process with a smile.

đź’ˇFriendly tip: To keep your tires in top shape during summer, try to park in shaded areas whenever possible. It helps reduce the heat exposure and minimizes the impact on tire longevity.

Cooling System:

Overheating is a common cause of summer breakdowns. Let us inspect your cooling system components, coolant levels, hoses, belts, and radiator to ensure everything is in proper working order. We'll make sure your engine stays cool even on the hottest days.

đź’ˇFriendly tip: On hot days, avoid prolonged idling by turning off the engine when parked for more than a few minutes. This helps prevent unnecessary strain on the cooling system and conserves fuel.

Battery:

While you may think cold weather is tough on your vehicle's battery, heat can actually have a greater impact and shorten its lifespan. Batteries are sensitive to temperature changes, and high heat can accelerate chemical reactions within the battery, causing it to lose its charge more quickly. The increased heat during hot weather can lead to internal damage and a decrease in the battery's overall capacity. It's important to take proactive measures such as regular battery testing and maintenance to ensure optimal performance and prevent unexpected breakdowns, especially during the summer months when the battery is under more strain.

đź’ˇFriendly tip: When driving downhill or approaching a stop, gradually apply the brakes instead of abruptly pressing them. This technique helps prevent excessive heat buildup and extends the lifespan of your brake pads.

Brakes:

Your safety depends on reliable brake performance, which can be put to the test during hot weather. It's crucial to have your brakes inspected periodically to ensure they're providing the necessary stopping power. Our skilled technicians will ensure your brakes are up to the task.

đź’ˇFriendly tip: If you're planning a road trip or driving in hilly areas during summer, consider downshifting on descents instead of constantly riding the brakes. It can help prevent brake overheating and extend their lifespan.

Finally, it's important to note that hot weather can place additional strain on engine oil. Our service advisor will ensure you have the right type and amount of oil to keep your engine running smoothly in the scorching heat. You can trust us to help you stay on top of the challenges like AC repair that come with rising temperatures, so you can enjoy the summer drive with peace of mind.

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Written by Wilton Auto and Tire Center