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08/13/07 - Lufkin

Car Protection

by Tashun Chism

Angelina Tire and Auto owner Jim Massingill knows first hand how hot it's been this summer. The summer is probably the most physically draining time of the year for many auto mechanics. But business-wise, it's also one of the best times of the year.

"Traditionally, throughout the years, the latter part of the summer has always been a real busy time of the year for us," Massingill told us.

As temperatures rise, many drivers want to make sure their vehicles can withstand the heat.

"When you start seeing close to 100 degrees, you'll have a lot of tire blowouts in extreme heat. You'll see a lot of people coming in with cars overheated. You'll see a lot of people trying to check that air conditioner, trying to get the optimum performance out of their air conditioning system," Massingill said.

There are several things you should do to protect your vehicle from the heat.

Check your tires: Hot weather can cause tires to wear a lot faster. Make sure your tires are in good shape and filled with the right amount of air.

Check your battery: Hotter temperatures make your motor work harder, which causes your battery to use more energy.

Check your radiator: Make sure the front of your radiator is not cluttered with bug and debris. A cluttered radiator can cause your car to overheat.

Check your fluids: It's important to keep all your fluids filled in the summer, especially the antifreeze, which keeps the air conditioner functioning properly.

Experts tell us all of these problems can be avoided if you have your vehicle maintenance every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

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