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Cars need extra special care during summer heat

Kansas temperatures during the summer are hard on us and hard on our vehicles. The summer heat increases the risk of a breakdown. To prevent the risk of being stranded on the road during a hot summer day, take these cautionary steps to keep your car running well during the high temperatures.

1. Check your tires

The summer heat increases tire pressure. It’s also wise to check your spare tire. Under inflated tires are more likely to blow out, leaving you stranded in the heat. Using the proper inflation, as instructed by your owner’s manual, also increases the fuel efficiency by up to 3%.

2. Check your battery

Excessive heat will cut down the life of your car battery. Also, check the electrical system to make sure it is charging at the right rate. Overcharging can damage the battery, cutting on its life. Also, corrosion can reduce the flow, so make sure it stays clean and clear of dirt.

3. Check your coolant

The cooling system works much harder during the intense heat and overheating your engine is costly. The radiator should have a 50:50 mixture of water and coolant. This should also be changed annually.

Although you may do your best to prepare your vehicle for summer, also be prepared if something goes wrong. Keep an emergency kit with the necessities in case you do end up stranded.

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