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Most Common Car Problems During the Summer

There are a large number of problems associated with the summer. These problems can range from overheating and flat tires to broken air conditioners and battery issues. It is not uncommon to experience these events and it can be very frustrating when these problems occur. Here is a handy driver’s guide for solving common summer car problems.

Tire Pressure Fluctuations

Flat tires are never fun, and that’s particularly true in hot weather. But tire pressure fluctuations are way more dangerous than flat tires. There is a rule of thumb that says that every 10 degrees change in the air temperature, up or down, causes a change in tire pressure by 1 PSI. This can affect things like traction, handling, and the overall life of the tire.

In order to know the ideal air pressure for your car in all environmental conditions, you can review the car’s instruction booklet or visit the nearest automotive shop.

Engine Oil and Its Viscosity

As a car owner, changing the engine oil is a routine requirement according to the mileage of the car. But in the summer, care must be taken when choosing the type of oil. The high temperature increases the fluidity of the oil, which may expose the engine parts to a lack of the necessary lubrication. Therefore, choosing a motor oil with a higher density and viscosity should be the first thing on your list of summer car prep.

Related: learn more about how to prep your car for summer here.  

Dead Battery

This is one of the most common summer scenarios and the perfect storm you may face. Hot weather puts a huge pressure on battery voltage. The good thing is that the dashboard gives you a signal before the engine stops completely working. And the most prominent signs that the battery is no longer working at its full efficiency are dim lights when moving slowly and the need to turn the ignition more than once before the engine starts.

To know the extent of the battery capacity, you can visit your nearest auto shop for a free battery testing.

Air Conditioner

The car air conditioner is one of the most important systems in the summer. The last thing you want is an air conditioner problem during your summer outings. So keep your eyes peeled and check if there is any issues before going on any trip. To ensure that the air conditioner is working properly, we recommend keeping up with your routine maintenance and inspections.

You can check out our blog, where we talked about possible air conditioner problems you may face here


Most car owners forget that the real problems with their car start with the approaching hot summer months. The sun and high heat creates a devastating combination for your car unless you take the right precautions at the right time. Turn to the professionals at H.W. Automotive Inc if you’re experiencing any of the above red flags. For more information on our full list of services, visit our website or give us a call at (405) 702-4098.

Prepping Your Car for Summer

Is your car all set to travel this summer? In order to get from point A to point B safely, your vehicle needs to be performing at its best. Driving a vehicle that’s been expertly prepped for your summer outings is a welcomed relief, but what are the steps get your vehicle ready? In this blog, we talk which parts of your vehicle to inspect so you can have a fun AND safe summer!

Engine Cooling System

As the weather starts to heat up, make a note to check on your radiator. The last thing you want is your engine to overheat and ruin your beach day with a trip to the mechanic. Evaluate the coolant levels and add coolant or antifreeze if necessary. Also, look for dry and cracked hoses, as they can be the cause for leaks and a heated engine. You want your cooling system to be at its peak for those high temperatures!

Air Conditioning System

While the cooling system protects your engine from overheating, your A/C allows you to stay cool while driving. If there is any indication your car isn’t blowing out cool air, then there may be an underlying problem. Check the hoses for any leaks, including your condenser and air filters for any obstructions.

Tires and Brakes

You can notice the difference when your car drives strangely, especially if your tires are underinflated or your brakes are squeaky. Inspect your tires for wear and tear to determine if you need an alignment or more air in the tires. As for your brakes, look for worn down brake pads and discs. Brake fluid may also need to be added.


Let the professionals at H.W. Automotive Inc. inspect your car for summer. We are dedicated to providing you with expert automotive services so you can drive safely on the road. For more information on our full list of services, visit our website here. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Summarizing Your Vehicle: What You Need to Know

Summer may not be here just yet, but it’s never too early to start preparing your vehicle for the upcoming season. After all, seasons can change quickly, and if you live in a place with extreme temperatures or weather, your car could suffer if it hasn’t been properly prepared. For hot summers, there a few essential things you’ll need to do for your car to make it ready for the high temperatures. Read on to learn more.

Air Conditioner: Your Best Friend During Summer Months

This is probably obvious, but you should make sure your air conditioner is working and that the associated parts are in good condition to better handle the hotter months; this includes the belts, the compressor and its fins. Check for damage and make sure to remove debris from the fins to stay cool on all of your commutes during the summertime.

Keep it Cool; Check Your Radiator

Your radiator is one of the most vital parts of your car and should be checked routinely, but especially before hot weather hits. Make sure that none of the hoses are leaking and be sure to top off the reservoirs as needed. You should also do a coolant flush to remove debris.

Keep on Rollin’ with Summer Tires

Summer weather calls for different tires, so switch them now. It’s also important to make sure the pressure is at a good level. Hot weather can cause old tires to blow up, which is scary and dangerous. We really can’t overstress tire care during the summertime.

Stop on a Dime: Brakes

Finally, remember that brakes tend to suffer during summer weather as well. That means you might need to replace your brake pads. Listen for unusual noises when braking, such as squeaking or grinding. If you hear something, don’t wait to take care of it.


The tips we’ve mentioned above are just a few ways that you can make your vehicle summer ready. To summerize your car more thoroughly and to save yourself the strenuous labor, bring your car or truck to H.W. Automotive Inc.! We’ll give you peace of mind during the summer and keep your car running great!

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