So my daughter calls me while I'm doing my radio show, and begins telling me she needs a new car because her little Ford Ranger is not running right, and she barely made it home. After I calmed her down, she explained she was sitting there eating her lunch while scrolling social media when her vehicle "began giving her fits".

I look up at our outdoor studio thermometer just outside the window, and it shows that it's 103 degrees outside. Yes, Daddy's little princess was sitting in her truck with it running in this heat and the AC going full blast and she wondered why her vehicle was not operating properly.

I am not a factory-certified car mechanic, however, I have a doctorate in shade tree mechanics. So, I will assess that since her vehicle is not moving forward and forcing air through its radiator to help cool the coolant down assisting in keeping the air conditioner cooled down and cooling the vehicle. It could be that she's not treating her vehicle properly.

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That's when I explained that there are a few things that need to be done to maintain her vehicle in good operating condition. What was a nice relaxing lunch, turned into, me having to call O'Bar Wrecker Service and having her truck towed over to our mechanics' shop.

Here are the 'Top 5 Things To Do' I learned online years ago from Global Automotive, that help me maintain our vehicles in tip-top shape.

Top 5 Texas Hot Weather Car Problems

  1. - Tire Blowouts Caused by Under-Inflated Tires & Heat
  2. - Weak Battery Issues Caused by Cold Winter and Hot Summer
  3. - A Broken or Weak Vehicle AC
  4. - A Broken or Worn Serpentine or Fan Belt
  5. - Overheating the engine by running it and being idle

If you continued to drive your vehicle with it overheating, you could blow the engine completely. Avoid all vehicle problems by being proactive and remember to drive Texas Friendly.

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