How to get your car ready for the imminent summer heat

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Your air conditioner might seem like it's working fine now, but it will have to work much harder as the temperatures climb. Check it out now to head off any potential problems. By Catherine Holland Your air conditioner might seem like it's working fine now, but it will have to work much harder as the temperatures climb. Check it out now to head off any potential problems. By Catherine Holland
Mechanic Bogi Lateiner of 180 Degrees Automotive By Catherine Holland Mechanic Bogi Lateiner of 180 Degrees Automotive By Catherine Holland
Check your coolant. The reservoir is clear to make this easy for you. The fluid should be bright. If it's watered down, it will not do its job. You need to have it flushed. By Catherine Holland Check your coolant. The reservoir is clear to make this easy for you. The fluid should be bright. If it's watered down, it will not do its job. You need to have it flushed. By Catherine Holland
Check the terminals on your battery. If you have any buildup, just wipe it clean with a damp cloth. By Catherine Holland Check the terminals on your battery. If you have any buildup, just wipe it clean with a damp cloth. By Catherine Holland
Check your tire pressure. It changes as air expands and contracts with the air temperature.  (Warm air expands; cold air contracts.) Driving on tires that are not properly inflated can be dangerous and adversely affect your car. By Catherine Holland Check your tire pressure. It changes as air expands and contracts with the air temperature. (Warm air expands; cold air contracts.) Driving on tires that are not properly inflated can be dangerous and adversely affect your car. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- With the first 90-degree days of the year in next week's forecast, you know that summer is coming.

Before the mercury climbs too much higher, you need to take the time to give your car a once-over to make sure that it's ready to handle the heat.

3TV's Gina Maravilla talked to mechanic Bogi Lateiner of 180 Degrees Automotive about the four things you should check right now.

Air conditioner

Your air conditioner might seem like it's working fine now, but it will have to work much harder as the temperatures climb. Check it out now to head off any potential problems.

Coolant

Check your coolant. The reservoir is clear to make this easy to do. The fluid should be a bright color. If it's watered down, it will not do its job. You need to have it flushed.

Battery

Check the terminals on your battery. If you have any buildup, just wipe it clean with a damp cloth. If there's too much buildup, the battery will not function properly and you wont' be able to start your car.

Tires

Check your tire pressure. It changes as air expands and contracts with the air temperature.  (Warm air expands; cold air contracts.) Driving on tires that are not properly inflated can be dangerous and adversely affect your car.

If you're not sure what the air pressure in your tires should be, check the sticker on the driver's side doorjamb. That has the manufacture's recommendations.

180 Degrees Automotive
545 W. Mariposa St.
Phoenix, AZ 85013