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8/25/2011 - Scorching summer temperatures can do a number on cars


The summer heat can cause a vehicle breakdown.

The Car Care Council offers tips to help motorists keep their cars functioning at their best in the sweltering summer.

Winter is traditionally thought of as the most brutal season for cars, but the Car Care Council says summer can be just as harsh.

Due to scorching temperatures and intense sunlight, the CCC says summer can do a number on vehicles by causing battery fluid to evaporate, tires to wear more quickly and stressing automobiles' coolant systems.

However, Rich White, executive director of the CCC, says all of this can be avoided through preventive maintenance. For example, to extend a battery's life, the council says to keep the batteries clean and to have the electrical system checked regularly.

To keep the coolant system operating as it should, the CCC says radiators should use antifreeze that is half coolant, half distilled water.

Finally, tire pressure should be checked regularly and rotated every 6,000 miles, the source recommends.

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