The Top Seasonal Car Repairs

Cars are complex machines. The performance of your car can be affected by many factors, from the age of the car and its various parts, to how it is driven. Because of all the factors affecting your car and how many moving parts it has, eventually something will break. It is less a matter of if, but when.

It was with that question of ‘when’ in mind that we decided to investigate which repairs are more likely based on the time of the year. To do this we reviewed the frequency of quotes for repairs requested by customers in each month of 2017. Quotes provide a larger sample size than the number of repairs booked. From there we organized the results by season and focused on the repairs that were most common in specific seasons.

Read on to find out more about the most popular results of each season.

Spring

spring car repairs

First up in the analysis is spring. 3rd and 5th place go to wheel speed sensor and trunk latch, which are standard parts known to experience gradual wear and tear over time. On the other hand, nearly 44% of timing chains were replaced in the spring, with very few being carried out in fall or winter. This is likely due to spring and summer being far more dry seasons, resulting in a lot more dust and grit getting into the oil that coats the timing chain. This dust and grit could potentially reduce the timing chain lifespan.

Interestingly, window repairs are very common in this period, with 1st place going to a failure involving either the window motor or regulator. Spring is, of course, the time when temperatures begin to rise after the lows of winter, so people are likely attempting to open their windows for the first time that year only to find them inoperable after months of being ignored. Likewise, a brakes, steering and suspension inspection makes sense as people are preparing for the summer (a common time for taking road trips).

Summer

summer car repairs

The top result for summer repairs is unsurprising. When it is hot people use their AC more and AC systems have a lot of points of failure. AC repairs could be anything from straightforward fixes like a standard recharge or problems with the condenser fan or compressor relay, to more complicated issues like general AC system failure.

In the months leading up to summer it might be a good idea to get your AC checked – thereby avoiding the risk of not having it when you really need it! Summer is also the busiest time of year for auto repair, so you may not be able to schedule service as quickly as during other times of the year.

The other problems in this list are almost as predictable. Repairs involving the general window assembly are more common in summer because people are operating their windows more often in the heat, and issues with temperature-focused parts like the cooling fan and fan clutch come as little surprise.

Fall

fall car repairs

Fall is a slightly less predictable time for repairs. Heater problems sneak into the top five in 4th place, likely due to people firing up their heater for the first time in a while only to discover previously unseen issues.

1st belongs to broken air springs. AAA found that an incredible 79% of Americans planned on taking a road trip over summer ’17. This increased mileage likely had a large effect on the suspension of many peoples’ cars, explaining this result.

Interestingly, window problems have again appeared in the rankings. On this occasion, it is likely due to people having spent the spring and summer getting a great deal of use out of their windows and wearing them down, eventually resulting in a failure. 2nd and 3rd go to issues with the distributor and the timing cover gasket, both of which are also likely caused by summertime wear and tear.

Winter

winter car repairs

Finally, it’s time to grab your coats, gloves and scarfs as we enter winter. That the top place is taken by heating issues will not come as much of a surprise to anyone - the large drop in temperature leaves us heavily reliant on our heating systems during the colder months. 4th place goes to headlight bulb replacement, an understandable repair considering the longer nights mean that people get a lot more use out of their headlights than in the summer. 5th is also explained by the weather: deteriorating conditions mean that people have to use their wipers far more often than in summer.

Places two and three, meanwhile, are a useful reminder that fluids often thicken and sometimes even freeze in cold conditions, explaining the increase in problems with windshield washer pumps & reservoirs and oil cooler lines.

Many of the trends we found underline the importance of regularly having your car checked. You often won’t know that there is something wrong with your car’s various components until you need them; this can be at best a minor inconvenience and at worst a major catastrophe. Make sure to plan regularly scheduled maintenance with a reliable mechanic and you’ll avoid the risk of a problem occurring when you least expect it. Hopefully you can use these lists to help you predict the best time of year to get the different systems of your car checked, thereby preempting any potential issues.

If you would like some more detailed information on the top seasonal repairs you can find tables of the data here.


Next Step

Schedule Car AC Condenser Fan Replacement

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Car AC Condenser Fan Replacement. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Car AC Condenser Fan Replacement reviews

Excellent Rating

(67)

Rating Summary
63
2
0
0
2
63
2
0
0
2

Ben

41 years of experience
1293 reviews
Ben
41 years of experience
Honda CR-V L4-2.4L - AC Condenser Fan - Houston, Texas
Contacted day prior to reschedule for earlier time, no problem. Arrived on time. Assessed problem, identified work to be done. Proceeded with precision and expertise. Removed defective part, compared with replacement and then placed in vehicle with accuracy and skill. Very professional mechanic and extremely knowledgeable. Conducted full scan of all vehicle functions and informed me of results of the scan. Overall very impressive and knowledgeable mechanic. Was glad to meet him.
Jeep Cherokee - AC Condenser Fan - Houston, Texas
Seasoned professional and very knowledgeable. Took time to answer my questions and ensured I understood. He’s a keeper!

James

30 years of experience
790 reviews
James
30 years of experience
Honda CR-V L4-2.4L - AC Condenser Fan - Winter Park, Florida
Extremely helpful and thorough. Always provides the best deal to save money without compromising quality. Always going through James for future career issues!
Honda Element - AC Condenser Fan - Lake Mary, Florida
I am extremely pleased by the service I received from James!! He diagnosed the problems with my car very quickly and was able to complete all of the repairs the next business day. He explained everything very thoroughly. This is a great service also because he comes to your location for everything.

Patrick

33 years of experience
1328 reviews
Patrick
33 years of experience
Jeep Grand Cherokee L6-4.0L - AC Condenser Fan - Austin, Texas
Patrick is always knowledgeable and professional and never tries to charge me for anything I don't need. I have a nineteen year old Jeep that I love, and Patrick takes excellent care of her, and I trust him implicitly to keep her running smoothly! He's truly invaluable!
Nissan Maxima - AC Condenser Fan - Austin, Texas
Patrick is the best machanic I have ever hired, not one of the best machanics. He used his off-work hours to help me replace the condensor fan of my old car. He arrived on time. He is really very professional and did a fast and great job. I will definitely recomment him to my friends.

Peter

43 years of experience
1321 reviews
Peter
43 years of experience
Dodge Ram 1500 V8-5.7L - AC Condenser Fan - Sun City, Arizona
I really appreciate Pete's mechanical knowledge and willingness to work with customers to get the job done right.
Honda Civic - AC Condenser Fan - Phoenix, Arizona
Second time having Peter working on my 2001 Honda, as always, amazing, thorough, and efficient with his work.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro
The The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro is an exciting car that says a lot about American drivers and what we want. While fuel prices are high and the economy is just barely starting to resurge and stabilize after years of recession,...
Insurance Requirements for Car Registration in New Hampshire
New New Hampshire is one of the few states that has no mandatory insurance laws. Drivers can legally register and operate vehicles without insurance, unless they fall under certain circumstances. However, New Hampshire law does state that any driver who...
How to Troubleshoot a Car That is Hard to Start
"Car not starting" is a common complaint among car owners and is caused by faulty car batteries, spark plugs, car starter, or fuel pump.

Related questions

Windshield wipers working intermittently, & sometimes won't shutoff

If there is a switch malfunction, it's possible that such could explain both faults. If the problem is not in the switch, then there could be a bad relay in the circuit (if so equipped), loose fuse, bad ground, and/or...

AC not working and car overheating.

The AC and cooling are two separate systems, so these are likely two separate issues. That is unless, your serpentine belt is misadjusted or broken. Both the AC and water pump are driven off this belt. A trained technician, like...

Would a leaking valve cover gasket cause a misfire?

A leaking valve cover gasket can cause a misfire if oil is leaking into the spark plug wells. But that is usually not the problem. Most often the misfire will have a separate cause. But a leaking valve cover can...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com