High Temperatures in Valley Could Cause Expensive Car Damage

The high heat this week is a problem for residents throughout the Valley and their cars.

Local mechanics say, when it's hot, a whole mess of problems can happen.

Mechanics at KAR Towing in Harrisonburg say a car has to work twice as hard when it's hot outside.

If a driver neglects to fix certain issues, they say it could lead to thousands of dollars in repairs.

Mike Wildman, one of the mechanics, says roads are especially hot this time of year, which could affect tire pressure.

He says keeping your engine cool is also important.

With air conditioning blasting inside the car and hot temperatures outside, it can be easy to overheat.

While it only costs a few dollars to fill tires with air and buy coolant to keep your engine safe, Wildman says not doing anything to protect your car could lead to damaging and expensive consequences.

"If your car overheats, it can pop your head gaskets. The pressure builds up inside your motor, which can blow them up. Then your coolant can get in with your oil," explains Wildman. "For some cars, it can very difficult to fix that. Basically, you could go buy another used car for the amount of money you put in the one you have."

He adds, if your car overheats and you have to pull over, make sure to call a towing company quickly.

Wildman also suggests drivers store some water in the car, because they can never know how long they'll have to wait for a towing service to arrive.

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