Money Talks: Tips to Keep Your Car Cool

Our nation has already been enduring record heat this summer, and it's not over yet.

If you're planning a driving vacation this summer, remember that summer heat is not just tough on's tough on your car, as well. Here are some tips to help make sure you don't spend part of your vacation on the side of some freeway.

First, your radiator. Make sure there's adequate coolant. And if it hasn't been flushed in a couple of years, do that before you hit the road.

But the coolant's only as good as the hoses it flows through. Look for leaks, cracks, peeling or separation.

What about your oil? The hotter it gets, the more important this is. Make sure you have enough, and it's nice and clean.

Then check your battery. Terminals clean? Adequate water? Most auto parts stores will check it out for free.

When was the last time your air conditioner was serviced?

It's super important for summer driving and cheap to check. Put a thermometer in the vent and see how cool the air is getting.

And obviously keep an eye on the temperature gauge.

If it gets in the red, you're going to have to turn your motor off or risk blowing it. Now one thing you might try though, if your temperature starts creeping up... Turn your air conditioning all the way off and your heater all the way on.

It's going to make you really hot.

But it might cool down your car enough so you can get somewhere and get help.

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