4 Reasons Why Cars Suffer From Breakdown
While there are a lot of benefits of driving a car, and even more when the weather is bad, such as in the case of a heatwave; there are some cons too, and they can arise at surprising times. Dubai receives more than its fair share of Sun in the summers. This is likely to cause trouble for the cars as well if they aren’t maintained properly.
Car breakdown in summers is a common event and can play spoilsport in the case there needs to be an urgent requirement for the car. Especially if on trips or business assignments, such events are more likely to cause trouble or anguish for the driver and the passenger alike.
The hot temperature may get unbearable while sitting in the car; and then to suffer from a breakdown and spend time outside the car in that temperature is seemingly terrible thought to even think of.
Car batteries are vulnerable to heat and can be affected by the heat in the summers increasingly as they age. While new batteries come with a warranty of six or twelve months, old batteries that are about two years old don’t carry a warranty.
If the car is struggling to start, it might be caused by battery related issues. A standard indicator is that headlights etc. have to be turned off before turning on the car. If there is any unusual delay that you feel, it is better to get the battery replaced or checked.
The battery won’t stop working in between the journey while the car is moving since the risk is when the car starts.
An easy and quick way to prolong the battery life is by not putting the car in ignition i.e. when the key is turned on, but the engine isn’t running. Most people fail to gauge the impression of this and hence, contribute to reducing battery levels. Also, remembering to turn off lights when parking is essential too.
It is important to start the car without the air conditioning turned on; since starting the car with AC on will lead to strain on the starter.
Oil and Oil Filter
For the smooth working of a car, there needs to be in depth attention paid to the oils within the car. Untimely changing or not changing of oils and fluids in the car can lead to engine seizing and a possible breakdown. Critical for the normal functioning of the car, oil change is an important aspect of driving comfortably and without hassle.
Essential oils like Engine oil are required, so the engine pistons can work smoothly without breaking down. Absence or dirty engine oil leads to engine seizing; which will require the car to be towed to a mechanic or a workshop and will end up as an expensive affair.
Car Coolant and Water
In summers, you aren’t the only one facing the brunt of the heat. Even the car’s metallic body absorbs heat too. This raises the temperature a few notches too, and if the vehicle is being driven over long distances during that time with the car’s cooling system not working properly; this might lead to overheating.
The car depends upon coolant for controlling the temperature spike while driving and only air won’t be able to help. The car’s coolant is a mixture of water and a cooling fluid which helps regulate car engine temperature.
The most important point to note before checking for the coolant in the car is never to open the vehicle’s radiator cap after the car has just been driven. Due to the engine temperature, the water present within is scalding; and can cause third-degree burns as it gushes out of the opening when hot.
The radiator should be opened only when the car has been standing for quite some time. The car’s temperature will give you an indication of whether or not you should attempt to check it.
Car Air Filter
Sand gets everywhere; this is a given fact. Particularly in the UAE, there is a lot of chance that the dust can mix up with the fuel. The mixup can cause trouble with the car’s performance and unless cleaned, can end up causing a car breakdown.
Air filters are responsible for avoiding this. This is why it is important to get the air filter checked; since it can save a lot of money overall and if checked will be one less reason for the breakdown.
Cars are a reliable means of transport provided adequate maintenance is provided for the vehicle’s working. In case you’d like to read about car maintenance tips, we have it covered here!