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Local mechanic gives tips on how to prevent overheating

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Most cars on the road today are over ten years old and pushing 100,000 miles, making it necessary to pay close attention to maintenance, especially in the hot summer months.

Local mechanics say having proper coolant and oil levels in your vehicle are the most crucial things in ensuring your car will not overheat in the summer sun.

"If you notice the car's starting to overheat, the best thing to do is kind of pull over, let it sit for a little bit," mechanic Shannon Barlow says. "If you have to drive it, then what you want to do is turn the heater on. That helps circulate the air out of the motor and into the car. I know it gets hot, make sure you roll down the windows."

Barlow also says to make sure your car has the right mixture of coolant. If you're unsure about what your car needs, take it to a mechanic.

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