Time to make sure your car is summer ready

TUCSON, Ariz. - With triple digit heat here to stay, experts at an east side auto shop say it's time for some preventative maintenance, before the heat takes a toll on peoples' cars.

"When things get hotter, things get more stress," BrakeMax's John Amstutz said.

He says there are many things people should and can do to make sure they don't run into any trouble while out on the road, under the scorching sun. The heat can exacerbate small problems. He explained that if someone has a few little things to fix, it's worth it now to get those done, rather than having to spend a lot more on something later on.

There are some parts he advises people be very aware of.

"Cooling systems, air conditioning, tires, tire pressure, and belts and hoses," Amstutz said. 

Russ Mooney is a truck driver, who has 40 years of experience. His typical route takes him from California to Florida, so he's no stranger to the summer in the Southwest. He says the heat is nothing to joke about.

"You've got to be prepared for the heat," he said. "You could die out there."

As he drives across the country, he says he often sees people stranded on the side of the road, sitting in the heat with a broken-down vehicle. Often times, he pulls over and helps them out in whatever way he can, if the need it. Big picture, he thinks people should give their cars a quick check-up every day, before they take off in the heat.

"When you get ready to leave home, and it's 113 degrees out there, make sure everything is decent to ride," he said.

Some tips for ways to help your car beat the heat, according to AAA, include:

  • Making sure your battery is prepared for high temperatures
  • Keep your engine cool
  • Keep your tires properly inflated
  • Make sure your fluids are at appropriate levels
  • Maintain a comfortable driving environment
  • Be prepared for summer breakdowns
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