Is Your Car Ready for Summer?

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

As temperatures continue to climb this summer, so do the risks. Not only can hot weather be deadly, it can cause a slew of other problems, including mechanical malfunctions.

Depending on the day, the temperature inside your car can reach 200 degrees. Those sky-rocketing temperatures can definitely put a stop to your road-trip.

However, there a few tips you can follow to make sure your car is ready to hit the road.

Aamco Transmissions in College Station says they are staying busy this summer. They're fixing more cars, because rising temperatures often lead to mechanical malfunctions.

"You might end up replacing the transmission, you can blow hoses on motors, head gaskets," Luke Henson with Aamco Transmissions said.

However, these problems can be prevented. Henson says there are three steps that will save you cash and a few headaches.

"Make sure the antifreeze is up to par, make sure your engine oil is changed every three months or every 3,000 miles and make sure the transmission fluid is in good condition," Henson said.

Henson says to also make sure there are no cracks in radiator hoses or belts. Also, check the air pressure in your tires so you don't have a blow-out.

"Temperatures on the road are unbearable," Henson said. "You can imagine walking around barefoot. Imagine what it does to a rubber tire."

Triple digit temperatures add to your vehicle's wear and tear. Oils and fluids break down in heat and drastic weather changes can cause belts and hoses to crack.

Experts say it's best to have your car checked out before hitting the road this summer, so your trip will be smooth and safe.

Also, remember that your car can heat up quickly. Experts say never leave a child or pet inside a closed car.

Several companies now sell sun shades that tell you if your car gets too hot. You can click on the link below for more information.

Also, even if you take care of your vehicle, some breakdowns are unavoidable.

Experts advise you keep a few tools handy just in case of an emergency. Those include: screwdrivers and wrenches of various sizes, jumper cables, a jack and tire iron, water for both the radiator and yourself, emergency flares and reflectors, gloves, a blanket and towel, and a flashlight.

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