Experts urge vehicle maintenance in times of high heat
Sweltering temperatures don't just make your car uncomfortable to sit in, that heat can also do damage. If you aren't paying attention to your car, or haven't had it serviced in awhile, things could go awry. YNN's Rebecca Fath shows us how to avoid a breakdown.
To view our videos, you need to
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.
Then come back here and refresh the page.
NATIONWIDE -- Blazing hot temperatures mean more business for auto mechanic shops. These shops have stocked up on coolant and thermostats because the extreme heat does more to a car than make it uncomfortable.
"There's a lot of things that the heat does to your car, it makes it run hot, especially if there's something wrong with radiator or something," said Sandra Ward, Wilson resident.
Ward had her tire pressure checked before a roadtrip because low pressure can cause the tire to overheat and blow out.
Charlie Murphy, a mechanic at Firestone, said these recent hot days have brought in many with hose failures, which is the seals and gaskets where the engine is put together.
"Extreme heat causes a lot of stress on the cooling system of the engine, and it will break down," said Murphy.
High temperatures could leave you with a damaged engine, broken down on the side of the road. Murphy encourages everyone to make sure they get their car checked out this summer season. Specifically, he said to be sure you check coolant levels, tire pressure, fluids, belts, hoses, and battery life.
Murphy predicts that him and his crew will continue to keep busy, because it does not look like this weather is letting up any time soon.