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Make sure your vehicle is prepared for hot summer weather

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

This week the public has been preparing for the hotter temperatures, by reminding everyone to hydrate, but one thing remains - is their vehicle prepared for those hot temperatures as well?  This means tires, air conditioning systems and fluids, are they at necessary summer levels.

AAA Arizona is saying more than 20,000 drivers will call for tire service in the state, with nearly 3,000 of those calls coming from the Tucson area. Tires have an expiration date of about six years and tires should last about 40,000 miles. Car owners can find out when their tires were made by looking at the sidewall, it should be in a box and they want to look at the last four numbers. The proper tire pressure for the vehicle will also be posted on the door jam.

There are several other parts and systems to keep in mind when prepping a vehicle for hot weather. 

AAA Arizona is saying the entire air conditioning unit should be checked and coolant levels inspected.  Also make sure the air filters for both the cabin and engine are clean.  A dirty air filter in the engine can affect a vehicle's performance and fuel efficiency. 

AAA Arizona officials also say one of the best things owners can do is to prep their car for the heat by having a professional look at it.  The last thing anyone needs is to be stuck in 100 plus degree temperatures because their vehicles have not been properly maintained.

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