Is your car ready to withstand the summer heat?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the summer heat moves in, it begins to take a toll on our cars. From the tires on the hot pavement to the sun baking our interiors, heat can cause cars to break down or a blowout.

"The pavement is already hot to begin with and there's a potential for a blowout." Brain Vanderpool with Louisburg Ford said. "When the tire is extremely hot and then you get on the hot pavement, the rubber gets hot and then it just separates."

We've all had to swerve to avoid those potholes in construction zones all over the city. But sometimes those potholes are unavoidable and can knock out the alignment in a hurry.

Tires are supposed to be running straight down the road. If it gets misaligned, it tends to be in or out and it causes unnecessary wear on the edge of the tires. Eventually, that will wear the rubber down, resulting in a blowout or accident.

Louisburg Ford is using state-of-the-art equipment to keep up with the demand of technology-driven cars. For example, they have an alignment machine that can now diagnose issues in less than a minute.

Changing your oil and filter regularly can also prevent problems. You should be changing the oil every 5,000 miles. Also, makes sure to have your fluid levels checked.

The temperature under the hood can get to 100 degrees or more, causing your battery to fail. So, get your battery checked regularly. Most places will do it for free.

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