Tips to Avoid Summer Car Trouble

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Think about it, whether you're driving to work, taking a vacation or just running errands, everybody needs a car these days.

But when it comes to car maintenance, especially during the summer months, people don't think about it nearly as often as they should, according to Jesse Toole at Tire Pro in North Columbus.

"It's really a combination of things," Toole said.

"A lot of people just don't know anymore. These cars have become more complicated and it's hard to see everything anymore, so you're best to take it to a professional," Toole said.

Car troubles can be especially visible during the summer months.

Extreme heat and humidity can cause your car to break down, over heat, even catch on fire.

The experts all say these problems are easily prevented, but not easily fixed.

"You're talking probably $50 for a radiator flush, battery is $70 or $80, but motors will run you $3,000," Toole said.

The advice from the pro's?

Get your car ready for summer or you may spend this season in the garage.

"You could overheat. Overheating will definitely tear a motor up in a heartbeat when it gets too hot. A lot of vehicles now have aluminum heads and they are real soft, they'll warp the heads real easy," Toole said.

Things like a frequent oil change, getting your belts checked, and new coolant can save you a major expense, which is exactly what your facing when broken down on the side of the road.