Heat wave taking a toll on Piedmont Triad vehicles

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- The extreme heat we are experiencing can take a toll on your vehicle.

"Cars are really hot, they are working overtime just to keep you cool," said mechanic Dale Porter of Porter's Automotive. "We have a lot of vehicles towed in because they won't start."

Porter says they are seeing a number of air conditioner problems along with fuel pumps, battery issues and slow starter problems.

"We do see battery issues this time of year because of the heat," said Porter, who pointed that many of the heat-related breakdowns come thanks to underlying problems that may have been ignored or not discovered until the heat cranks up. "They maybe just worn a little bit but the heat just adds an extra load to it because the engine is so hot.

Porter suggest routine maintenance is keep to keeping yourself from being stuck on the side of the road during this heat.