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Updated: 6/27/2013 11:12 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Cars, trucks and SUVs are rolling into auto shops like Purrfect Auto at West Craig and 95.

Some drivers are getting preventive work while others seeing extreme bills due to the effects of extreme heat.

“With the heat, if you have an oil leak onto an exhaust manifold, it could produce an engine fire very fast,” said Purrfect Auto mechanic Patrick Mowery

An engine fire leaves one driver carless for more than a week as mechanics try to replace charred engine parts.

Mowery says oil changes should be done regularly about every 3,000 miles, but there are other maintenance checks to remember to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly.

“Right now we're doing a lot of radiator coolant flushes, radiator hoses and batteries themselves,” Mowery said.

Radiator coolant and batteries are best sellers for auto shops as drivers try to keep cars cool in these scorching temps.

Mowery says it is a good idea to pop your engine hood and check your batteries for acid leaks.

“This battery was replaced August of last year. You can see the battery acid from the heat. That is directly caused by the heat of Las Vegas,” Mowery said.

He adds the summer tears up tires so don't forget to check your treads.

Mowery says road heat plus improper inflation could equal disaster.

“If you're above the recommended pressure, you're at risk of a tire popping, and if it is under pressure you are running the risk of poor gas mileage,” he said. “On the inside of the driver door, it'll tell you the tire pressure. Go with what the inside of the door says not the tire.”

Prevention, Mowery says, could save motorist from heat-related headaches and an expensive visit to the auto shop.

“Car mechanics say you should get your oil changed every 3,000 miles and that will also be an opportunity to find out if there are other problems with your car in this excessive heat.



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