Hot Car Tips: AAA Texas recommends checking your battery, tires, and engine in the height of summer

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – This summer’s extreme heat is not only keeping us indoors, but it could also be causing your car to malfunction. AAA Texas offers the following advice for maintaining your vehicle during this triple-digit heat stretch.

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The heat could put a heavy strain on your car’s battery. AAA Texas spokesman Daniel Armbruster says dead batteries are a common reason customers ask for help. Heat and vibration are the two worst enemies of a car battery.

“If your battery is more than three years old and you are about to drive, you definitely want to have it checked by a technician you trust. Simply because the average battery life is around three to five years.”

Battery connections should be tight, clean and free of corrosion. On the engine, you should check the coolant level and inspect hoses and belts for heat cracks.

Also, check your tires. In this heat, over-inflated tires can cause bursts.

If you’re planning a trip this summer, make sure you have a water-filled emergency kit for everyone in the car, including your pets.

Get the most out of your air conditioner

Do not pre-chill

Your car air conditioning works much better while driving because the faster the engine revs, the faster the air conditioning compressor runs.

Let the hot air out

When you start driving, roll down the windows for about 20 seconds. This will quickly release the hot air inside.

Use only the bottom vents

We love blowing cold air in our faces, but using the bottom vents right when you get in pushes the hot air up and out of your vehicle.

Use the recirculation button

Instead of sucking in hot air from outside, this button on your air conditioner circulates cool air to lower the temperature inside your vehicle faster.

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