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Ways to get your car ready to handle summer heat

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The sudden shift to summer-like weather has caught some people off guard, especially car owners.

As the temperatures heat up, so can your car, so what can you do to make sure it's properly maintained?

"Soon, as that first heat wave hits and it gets hot, we see everyone like a mad rush coming in," said Kevin Wright with KLM Auto Repair in Chicopee.

Wright told Western Mass News that customers have been piling in with problems related to the recent heat and humidity.

"A lot of cars coming in with A/C not working.  There's been a lot people coming in with overheating vehicles," Wright noted.

That's not uncommon this time of year. 

"With the humidity, the cooling fans don't work.  You could have a radiator or hose issue, cooling leaks, things overheating, so that's what we've been seeing a lot of," Wright explained.

So how can you tell if there's an issue with your vehicle? 

"One thing you watch for is your temperature gauge," Wright added.

Wright said that if it starts to move at lights or stop signs, you could have a problem. 

Air conditioning problems are easier to detect. 

"Soon as you go out there and turn it on and you feel hot air, you know you have to give us a call," Wright said.

If you haven't experienced these issues, it doesn't mean you won't.  Everyone should make sure their vehicle is a-okay for the summer. 

"Continue and do your maintenance.  A lot of people don't do that and that's why you lead in to these troubles," Wright said.

That maintenance includes everything from oil changes to keeping your coolant clean and checking your brakes.

"It'll eliminate a lot of headaches for the consumer," Wright added.

Make sure you head to a reliable auto repair shop with a good reputation to make sure you and your car are ready for the next big warm up. 

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