AAA: Top 5 things to watch out for during hot temperatures when it comes to your vehicle
The heat can be tough on our bodies and our cars.
News Center 7 spoke with Shawn Cobble, the fleet operations supervisor at AAA, about what to look for when it comes to our vehicles.
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Cobble said crews are busy helping AAA members who are having problems with their cars due to the heat.
He said the top five problems drivers experience are the following:
- Tire problems. When it’s that hot, tire pressures can go up, making them more prone to popping. The rubber can also melt.
- Batteries can die because the heat can seriously damage their internal components.
- Belts can break when worn and warm and stretch.
- Cars can overheat because they have little fluid.
- Fuel pumps can fail, so even with high gas prices, Cobble says it’s okay to keep a decent amount of fuel in your tank.
“The fuel pump is located in the fuel tank in most vehicles, so if you’re running low on gas, your fuel pump can get hot. So it’s best to keep it at at least half a tank or more to keep it cooler and keep it from succumbing to you,” Cobble said.
So what can you do? Cobble says to keep your car grill free of bugs and debris so it gets plenty of air, get your vehicle serviced, and keep your fluids topped up.
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