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Keep Your Car Happy In The Heat

5 Ways To Protect Your Car From High Temperatures 

In case you hadn't heard, it's hot out these days.  You probably were looking for a way to cool yourself off, but remember your car needs some love during heat spells too.  

So with some help from our friends at Autonation and AAA we present to you, 5 tips for maintaining your car during the heat:

1.  Check the battery often:  If your car's battery is more than three years old, be sure to get it tested out. It also helps to double check the battery is secured tightly.

2.  Replace coolants: Generally speaking, newer cars need coolants to be flushed and replaced every 50,000 miles or so.  Older vehicles you'll want to do it about every 24,000 miles.  This step is especially vital when experiencing weather extremes.  

3.  Check fluids and lubricants: Most fluids work the same as coolants to keep your car from overheating.  Aside from the coolants mentioned above, keep a close eye on the following fluids: motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid.

4.  Keep your tires properly inflated: An uniflated tire + hot pavement + braking friction = largely increasing your chances of a tire blowout.  

5.  Keep an eye on that A/C:  If the refrigerant level is too low, that means your air conditioner will not be functioning at full capacity to keep you cool.  You certainly don't want that.  

So there you have it.  We know it's warm here in Buffalo and across the country, but there are steps you can take.  Stay cool friends! 

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