Automotive Repair Blog: Tips, Facts, and Fixes

How Does Heat Affect Our Vehicle

Colorado is a semi-arid to very arid state. It’s a fact we often don’t pay too much attention to other than when our skin is begging for lotion, or our lips are in desperate need of some Burt’s Bees. We certainly rarely think of how it affects our vehicles unless we are faced with the problems it’s caused. Did you know that the heat we experience in summer can cause all kinds of damage to our automobiles? From increased wear on our tires to generally drying out all sorts of parts we rarely consider, the dry heat we experience in Denver takes its toll on us and our cars.
The rubber in our tires can dry out and crack if not properly inflated. Watch all of your fluids as they tend to go faster in the hotter months. Your battery needs more water to keep it fresh during these hot months. Gas evaporates quicker in the heat too. Keep it in the shade as much as you are able. Keep up with your oil changes over the summer also since the heat acts differently on your oil depending on the weather. 
Heat can wear parts out much faster than in the cooler times of year and can contribute to problems we’d never suspect. Our shocks and struts are one of those, and it’s made worse by the potholes all the snow and rain causes in the winter. Having correctly functioning shocks and struts matter and can make all the difference in the world when being able to come to a stop when we need to most quickly. Look at the chart above, and you’ll see the difference it can make. You don’t want to find out the hard way that your shocks and struts aren’t working to their full capacity. 
While Colorado is an excellent place to live, it does require more attention to things that quickly dry out… like our faces and our vehicles. Don’t wait until you’ve rear-ended the person in front of you to have your shocks and struts checked out. The highly skilled team at Pro Auto Care genuinely care about you and your safety, and we will do our best to keep you safe on the roads of Denver, Littleton, and the surrounding areas. If you haven’t already, come check us out at either of our locations: 2030 S. Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80222 and 2753 W. Church Ave., Littleton, CO 80120 both Mon - Fri: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM.