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August 10, 2011

Prepare Your Car to Survive the Scorching Temps

MMV009WFrom coast to coast the heat has been relentless this summer, and motorists should ensure that their vehicles are road-ready to avoid an unexpected breakdown during the hottest months of the year. Here are a few tips from the car care experts at AutoZone.

From DVD players to GPS systems, today’s cars are equipped with amenities that can drain battery power more than ever before. Additionally, cars that are poorly maintained may increase the likelihood of premature battery failure. But a battery’s worst enemy is heat.

Heat corrosion is the leading cause of battery failure.


Many motorists experience battery failure in early winter because the battery had already been significantly weakened during the hot summer months. Although the average battery life is three to five years, the national car care council recommends having batteries tested annually to prevent a breakdown during the hottest or coldest months of the year. AutoZone offer free battery testing and recycling service.

Motorists who are concerned that their batteries may be failing should get them checked or replaced immediately.Check and maintain the levels on all fluids to prevent engines from overheating.

“Give your car a little TLC now to keep it on the road and keep a few more dollars in your pocket,” said Jody Devere, automotive expert and CEO of

Check transmission fluid and make sure your antifreeze is up to the task for hot summer temperatures. Replace it if needed according to recommended service intervals.

Consider using a quality, synthetic oil to improve fuel efficiency and engine performance. One of the key functions of motor oil is to transfer heat away from the hot points within your engine, so it can run cooler and operate efficiently. Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy, for example, is designed to help deliver outstanding engine protection and enhanced fuel economy.

If you do change your oil, remember, retailers such as AutoZone offer free oil recycling.

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