The American Automobile Association says sweltering summer heat takes a toll on automobiles causing premature battery failure, boiling radiators and failed cooling systems, not to mention the threat to passengers and pets.
Dave Carlson with the Idaho chapter of AAA says there are many ways to avoid heat-related vehicle problems.
Carlson comments on ways to avoid heat-related breakdowns:
If the vehicle’s engine becomes overheated, there are a few steps motorists can take to minimize problems.
Carlson comments on what to do if overheating occurs:
Once the engine has cooled completely, its recommended that motorists check the fluid in the radiator overflow tank.
If the fluid is low, add coolant and water in a 50/50 mix while the engine is running. However, do not use cold water which can crack the engine block.