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High temperatures can cause your car to overheat

Insufficient cooling protection is one of the top three problems mechanics see nationwide, mostly because drivers ignore the early signs.

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- With temperatures peaking so high, you can barely touch your steering wheel.

It's important to remember the dangers of a hot car. Local experts say a car can easily overheat when you're out on the road if you haven't come in for your regular service checkup, which can range from three months to a year depending on the age or mileage on your vehicle.

Insufficient cooling protection is one of the top three problems mechanics see nationwide, mostly because drivers ignore the early signs. If your engine seems to not be working properly or your engine logo lights up on your dashboard, it's time to get things checked.

"Electrical issues, too much heat, or any leaks in the engine can catch your car on fire,” said USA Brake & Auto Owner Mirko Micic. “You want to make sure your coolant is good, your fan is working properly, and your A/C works too."

It's also important to get your brakes and tires checked during the heat wave because the hot pavement can damage your tires more than normal. If you sense your car overheating or you're in danger, pull over, turn off the car and call for help.

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