CATHEDRAL CITY – The summer heat can be dangerous. If we don’t protect ourselves we get dehydrated, burnt and fatigued. The same goes for our cars.
“If you want your car to be in good shape every time you drive it, you have to do preventative maintenance,” says Bob Doremus, Owner of Valley Smog and Auto Repair.
With the sun, hot road and engine heat, vehicle have to work overtime.
“In the summer time we get a lot more overheating, cooling system problems and AC repairs,” says Doremus.
All along I-10 there’s proof of what the heat can do to a car. On any summer day you can spot several cars broken down on the roadside. You’ll also see scattered tire debris. In this hot weather, tire pressure expands and it leads to blow outs.
“The consequences of not having your car looked at in these temps can catch you by surprise,” says Doremus.
To keep your car running through the heat, follow these tips:
Check the fluids. Check the tire pressure and tire wear. Change the thermostat every other year. Test and replace batteries more than three years old. Stay up to date on routine check ups.
“Oil changes are important especially this time of year,” says Doremus.
If you don’t take care of your car, it can’t take care of you.
“If a coolant leak happens, it will happen fast. It will probably be in the heat of the day. You’ll be left along the side of the road. It will be a big inconvenience and not very comfortable,” says Doremus.