An excessive heat warning is in effect in parts of Nebraska over the next few days with temperatures near the 100 degree mark. Excessive heat is hard on people and hard on your vehicles. Bob Fenster is a mechanic at Buchanan’s Service Center in Omaha and says there are a few things you can do to keep your cars running.
Fenster says, “In the heat we want to make sure that the fluids are full. The antifreeze is good. Regarding your air conditioner try to turn it down a bit and run it as little as possible. Idling in traffic can be a big problem so watch your temperature gauge while driving down the road.”
Even though you may want to blast your a-c, Fenster says avoid doing that because the heat puts stress on that system. That is why it is so important there is antifreeze in the system. If your vehicle does overheat, pull over to the side of the road and open the hood to let the engine cool down. Avoid opening the radiator cap for about 30 minutes otherwise you could be scalded by the hot fluid.
Fenster says there are two times during people have trouble with batteries – during frigid cold temperatures and when it is extremely hot. He says it gets very hot under the hood and that puts strain on the battery. He also reminds drivers to check their tire pressure and make sure they are properly inflated. Tires get extremely hot on the road so make sure they are not over-inflated.