Summerizing Cars: Preparing Your Car for Summer

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RENO, Nev. -- You've heard of of winterizing your car, but what about summerizing it? The hot weather can take a toll on your car, and the last thing you want is for it to break down in the heat of the day. It's not too late to prevent those disasters and to extend the life of your car.

You're not the only one who needs to cool down this summer. As temperatures continue to rise, it's easy to overheat your car.

"Make sure the system is working properly and that the water pump and there are no external leaks or anything like that," Doug Moss, Greg's Garage automobile technician said.

A car's cooling system is essential to summer driving, so if it passes 200 degrees Fahrenheit, you car will overheat, which will lead to blow head gaskets and hoses.

If you're taking a summer road trip and you're going uphill, using the air conditioner can put a strain in your car.

"Turn them off for a little bit, that way you're not over running the engine and cause an issue," Moss said.

Like lungs are to humans, air filters act the same way in a car.

"They get neglected and that causes engines to work harder and breathing in that dirty air just leads to bigger problems."

Mechanics suggest getting an oil change every 5,000-6,000 miles, which is about every six months.

"You want to make sure that your oil is changed frequently," Moss said. "Make sure your tires are in good shape and that they're inflated properly. It kind of helps out with fuel mileage."

Taking preventative measures can save you up to $500 in repairs.

Leaving your car under the sun for as little as 30 minutes can make your car about 20 degrees hotter than the temperature outside. Mechanics say it's best to cool down your car with natural air as opposed to using the air conditioner; pen all your doors and roll down the windows.

They also suggest cracking your windows and using a car shade before leaving your car.

when you go to get your car checked this summer, here is a list of things you can give to your mechanic to ensure that your car is well equipped for the heat.

1. Brakes
2. Tires
3. Coolant
4. Engine belts and Timing belts
5. Spark plugs
6. Automatic trans fluid and filter
7. Air filter 8. Battery 9. Power-steering fluid
10. Fuel filter