Beating the Heat Before Hitting the Road

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POSTED: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 4:36pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 6:18pm

Tips to Keep You From Ending Up Behind the Wheel of Misfortune During Your Summer Travels

As you "rev up" for summer... don't forget to "get in gear" and maintain your vehicle... so you won't feel the heat of an unexpected bump in the road.

"The most common problem is batteries and overheating because of low antifreeze in your radiation. You got to make sure that your radiator stays clean and if it's been a couple, three years, you might not want to clean, to flush it out, but drain it and put it all new antifreeze in there," said Rudolph Chevrolet Service Technician Ed Gillette.

Gillette says neglecting your ride can put the brakes on your summer travel plans.
He advises... if you want to keep going and going and going... check your batteries.

"It's worse on batteries in the summer than it is in the winter. If you have any indication that you might be having a starter problem like a warning light or a slow crank, you might want to get your battery checked out and make sure it's properly charging at all times," said Gillette.

Gillette says also check your belts and hoses... and where the rubber meets the road.

"Make sure that you don't have any cracks in your tires. Treadwear is fine and you rotate them properly at regular intervals. Underinflated tires will cost you at least 3-4% on fuel," said Gillette.

And don't you dare forget the spare... if you plan to take a roadtrip.

"You want to make sure your spare tire is properly inflated, mounted where it's supposed to be and that all your spare tire tools are present and operational," said Gillette.

Oh yeah, don't be a dipstick... check your vehicle's fluids.

"The cleaner the oil, the better the engine runs. Less heat, less friction," said Gillette.

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