Extreme temperatures can impact your vehicle’s performance

SPOKANE, Wash. — Extreme heat can take a toll on your car; everything from your engine to your tires, and the last place you want to be in this heat is stranded on the side of the road.

Car experts say every part of a vehicle will heat up when it’s on, from the brakes to the engine. That can be potentially harmful, but in these intense conditions, there are some small steps you can take so you don’t end up broken down on the side of the highway this summer. One of the most common problems mechanics see during the summer months is the overheating of the vehicle. The cause: low or poor-quality coolant levels.

“If it’s old or it’s muddy or it’s just degraded, it cannot transfer the heat from the engine up to the radiator, allowing the radiator to dissipate the heat the way it’s supposed to, and then you have a whole other situation where you have an overheating characteristic based just on condition of the coolant, not even because it’s just low,” said Austin Adair from Mechanics Pride.

Experts say if your car does start to heat up, turn off the air conditioning and actually turn on the heaters. This will allow the front of the vehicle to start pulling heat away from the engine.

When it comes to your tires, the pressure will increase as you drive along hot roads, and you need to monitor their condition as you would normally do.

“If the tread is poor or there’s any kind of damage to the tire, or if the tire’s old and has been subjected to some deterioration because of the sun, more sun is not going to help that,” said Adair.

Officials with the Department of Transportation say their incident response teams will be patrolling as normal this week along the roads, but the maintenance crews will be out earlier in the day so they don’t get caught in the hot temperatures as much.

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