Auto Shops Busy With Heat-Related Car Problems
Jun 16, 2021, 1:16 PM | Updated: 2:14 pm
SALT LAKE CITY – We’ve all sweated out this heat wave but your car has also worked harder in the soaring temperatures, making it more prone to problems in the heat.
The phones have been working almost as hard as the mechanics at the Burt Brothers auto shop locations in Utah. In fact, the number of calls has doubled over the last week and they expected it to get even busier later this week.
“You got batteries failing, alternators getting extra stress on them,” said Jake Burt. “Top call right now is air conditioning.”
Batteries are also dying in the heat.
Burt said similar to winter storms, extreme heat has kept his shops working extra hard.
“Friends don’t let friends drive without air conditioning,” he joked.
He said the heat can also affect tire pressure and it’s important to check your fluid levels.
“When it is 104, 105 outside you can imagine how hot these cars get,” he said.
Burt recommended limiting long periods of driving and having water, sunscreen and phone chargers on hand just in case you break down.
“These cars are pretty reliable these days but it is just some added stress,” he added.
You should also get a safety check. You can do this for free at Burt Brothers or just call up other autobody shops to see if they can check out your car or truck.