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How to keep your vehicle working safely during extreme heat

We all know the heat can take a toll on us if we spend long hours outdoors, but it also can impact our cars.

As summer temperatures soar, the heat can really do a number on your vehicle, especially if you have not kept up with the maintenance.

As the weather warms up, mechanic Chris Mayo said the risk for blown tires, dead batteries, and faulty air conditioners is much higher.

“Radiators are made of plastic,” he said. “The plastic expands during the heat, and all that stuff breaks.”

If your A/C is going out, Mayo suggests cleaning out your car’s A/C condenser, located between the car’s grille and radiator.

He said you should also check your car’s coolant level.

“Take it somewhere you trust and make sure you check all your fluids,” Mayo said. “When you wash your car, you want to wash the radiator and the grille area and keep that area clean.”

Mayo said the heat can dry out and deteriorate your tires and recommends checking your air pressure frequently.

The most important thing you can do is have a plan should you break down on the road.

“It’s good to have a safety kit. Maybe have some water, a couple of umbrellas,” Mayo said.

The sun can also cause your car’s paint to peel and fade over time. The easiest way to avoid this is to park in the shade and use a windshield sun protector.

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