Tips to Protect Your Car from Central Georgia’s High Heat

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You can try parking in the shade and installing a sunshade to keep the heat out, but Alan Walker says only one main thing will keep your car in top shape.

MACON, Ga. – With gas prices so high, many people are thinking about protecting their cars and improving gas mileage. However, this week’s record high temperatures could also pose a problem.

We spoke to several auto repair shops who said they were particularly busy this summer. A few mechanics have talked about how to take care of your car when the temperature soars.

Alan Walker is the Store Manager at Precision Tune Auto Care in Macon. He says heat affects your car in several ways.

“Your tires expand in the heat, you have your instrument clusters. Your electronics can be affected by the heat as well,” he says.

Walker says when the air in your tires expands from heat, it can cause them to explode.

“If you don’t have the tires properly inflated, your tires will slow your car down, causing your car to rock unevenly. That’s going to cause you to use more gas,” Walker says.

He says keeping your car idling in the heat can also cause the battery to overheat.

“If it’s strained — even in the heat here — you’re putting more pressure, you’re overheating that battery more, which is going to cause it to wear out prematurely,” he says.

You can try parking in the shade and installing a sunshade to keep the heat out, but Walker says only one main thing will keep your car in peak condition.

“Maintenance is the best way to take care of your car. Take it to a shop that cares about car maintenance, who drives the car, and how the car is maintained,” says Walker.

“But it’s better to check than not because of the heat,” says Patty Peed.

Peed is a regular at Precision Tune. She brought her car because of heating problems.

“Smoke was coming out of the air conditioner. We drove with the windows down because of the smoke and we panicked, so we came straight here,” she says. “Once he says everything is fine, when we leave here, the windows are going to be up and the air conditioning is going to be on,” Peed said.

Donald Jones says he’s had to replace things in his family cars before because of the heat.

“I had to go ahead and have the radiator replaced, as well as the brake shoe. If it was cooler it wouldn’t work so hard, but as it’s so hot, you have to keep everything in place “says Jones.

Walker says now is the best time to replace your coolant and have your car checked because the summer is going to be long.

AAA also says that using your AC less and rolling down the windows can save gas.

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