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Time to tune your car up before summer road trips

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The summer driving season is almost here, but is your car ready for the road trips?

With hotter days comes the increased threat of tire blowouts. Mechanics say one of the most important things you can do is check the tire pressure and keep it at the recommended level in your car's owner manual.

DJ Peters with Niehaus Auto says that will also improve fuel efficiency. He also says it's a good idea to keep your tires rotated and make sure they have enough tread.

One of the other common summer problems is overheating.

"You still have coolant going through your engine, still cooling all the parts of your vehicle. And if you can't actually cool the engine right, overheating the vehicle can still cause blowing the engine up and leaving your stranded in the middle of the road."

Peters says hot days can also be hard on your car's battery. Things you can do at home include looking for corrosion around the battery and checking your air filter. Cleaning or replacing it is another way to save some gas.

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