Prepare your vehicle for summer road trips

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – The fans are in high gear to keep the mechanics cool at Charlies Automotive Repair and Towing.

Working under the hood, the temperature can get heated pretty quickly in the confined space.

“Cars got smaller and the work area got tighter,” said Dale Edwards with Charlie’s Automotive Repair and Towing.

All those tight spaces in vehicles need some cool air, too. With the rising temperatures, there comes an increase in car troubles.

“Under hood temperatures can get in the range of two to three to 350 degrees,” said Ray Keyton, Senior Vice President for AAA Miami Valley.

Keyton said the summer months will most likely do the most damage to your vehicles.

As temperatures neared 90 degrees, AAA reported a 19 percent increase in calls for help. There was also a 31 percent increase for battery services because the heat sucked the life out of them.

“On the life of the battery itself, extremely high temperatures is much more of a detriment and a killer for a battery than the extremely cold weather,” said Keyton.

Before you take that summer vacation, the experts recommend you get your vehicle checked.

Also, a quick spray to clear out debris on the front of your car might also protect against overheating..

“A lot of times, you can wash that out with a water hose,” said Edwards. “It’ll take care of a problem where a car is just barely overheating. We’ve been running into a lot of that with our tow trucks where the radiator is just not getting enough air flow to it.”

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