Keeping your car cool under the summer sun

Published: Jul. 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 22, 2010 at 4:00 AM EDT
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Keeping cars cool
Keeping cars cool

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - In every heat wave, you often hear the tips on how to keep yourself from breaking down under the summer sun. But your body is not the only thing to worry about. The heat can have the same effects on your car and the price tag can be enormous.

 In a season of blistering heat, many people find their car is their cover; a summer sanctuary when the mercury rises. But keeping it that way all depends on the person behind the wheel, according to vehicle maintenance experts.

"Nobody wants to be on the side of the road in 100 degrees or 95 degrees, sitting in their car that won't run," Mecklenburg Fleet and Automotive mechanic Jeff York said. However, all too often, overheating has been a common complaint to York for 28 years.

"Normally it's due to poor maintenance." Poor maintenance equals higher bills on repairs.

There are a couple of solutions, however. Keep your cooling system flushed and fluids at the right levels. Change your oil on a regular basis. Your engine and your air depend on it. "Everyone has seen the commercials on TV with the oil in the frying pan and all, that's what it's like, it bakes inside that engine."

A new engine can run upwards of $4,000. "why would you buy a 35,000 dollar car and not spend $35 dollars to get the oil changed in it, to make it last?"

Something else people overlook are the very thing that keep a car moving: tires.

Tire pressure is important when your dealing with roads whose surface does nothing but cook. "You could literally cut this tire's life in half by just not taking care of it, keeping air in it, make it safer for you."

"People that meticulously maintain their vehicles, you can always tell, they have fewer breakdowns, their car runs better, and they look better," York said. It's because they understand how to keep the sun from burning a hole in their wallets.

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