Heat Takes Toll on Cars

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If you don’t take care of your car during this heat wave, you could you could end up with a steep repair bill.

“When it gets to be 105 to 110, very common we get calls every day,” said David Vennel, with Black Rock Automotive.

Calls from drivers stranded on the side of the road with their hood popped open and smoke pouring from their car.

“Gage goes up, car overheats, lights come on like a Christmas tree on the dashboard,” said Vennel. 

If your car is more than 5 to 7 years old, Vennel says it doesn’t handle the heat as well as a new car. It’s important to watch your heat gauge. If it goes past normal, there’s a problem. Pull over.

“Make sure the fluid levels are O.K., make sure the oil levels are alright, the coolant level is O.K. Don’t open a hot radiator, what ever you do in the heat,” said Vennel.

The most important thing  to remember is if your car overheats, do not drive it. If you don’t, a few hundred dollar repair bill could become a several thousand dollar repair bill.

“You could have a major engine maniacal damage in two minutes, three minutes, five minutes. There is no rewind button to undo that kind of damage. Once it’s there, that’s it. You could be looking at major engine repair or replacement,” said Vennel.

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