PHOENIX - With triple digit temperatures arriving in the Valley, preparing your car for summer should be on top of your to-do list.
Arizona native, Heather Viti places it on top of hers every year, thanks to some fatherly advice.
"My father made me change my own oil growing up, so I know all about it, I know what happens if you don't take care of it."
As a mother of three, it was a scary experience that reinforced the importance of car care.
"We broke down in the middle of Scottsdale Road, right before you get on the freeway," Viti said. "It's kinda scary with kids in the car, but if you don't take care of your car, that's gonna happen."
Luckily, Viti keeps an emergency kit in her car which should include a flash light, jumper cables, first aid kit and water.
According to AAA, service calls increase drastically during the summer months for heat-related breakdowns.
But Scott Anderson with Kelly Clark Automotive has been keeping cars running smoothly for nearly 30 years and he knows exactly what needs to be done to get your car ready for the hot weather.
"You want to have your oil changed, have all your fluid levels checked, engine coolant, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, also check your battery, tires and your brakes."
Now if you are on a tight budget, Scott recommends at least topping off your engine coolant as low levels will damage your engine quicker than anything else.
For Heather, Scott Anderson at Kelly Clark Automotive whipped her car into shape and she is all set to take on the blistering Valley heat.
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