Summer heat is hurting your car - KOAM TV 7

Summer heat is hurting your car


Climbing temperatures across the area are keeping towing companies busy rescuing drivers from their broken down cars.

Mechanics say high heat can be just as hard if not harder on cars and engines than cold weather.

"I should have taken it into the shop a lot sooner," says Marie Miduski.  "Had I taken it in, it wouldn't have over-heated."

But Miduski isn't alone.  The owner of Nixon's Garage & Towing says 30% to 40% of the tow calls this summer are heat related.

"In the summer time the demand we put on the battery is even higher than the winter time," says Rick Nixon.  "The air conditioning is running.  The air conditioning compressor, which draws more horse power which means the car has to work harder".

Because car batteries and tires are typical targets of the heat it's good to make sure the car battery is fully charged, tires are inflated properly and not wearing thin, and mechanics say oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle.

"Maintenance on a car is definitely the answer to avoid breakdowns and to reduce the costs of operating a car," says Nixon.  "Cars are just like people, we're effected by temperature.  The first thing that comes to mind are fluids.  We operate better on clean clear fluids than we do on soda or coffee or alcohol.  Cars need clear fluids too."

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