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Auto Shop Increasing Business From Heat

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News.
August 8, 2011

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The past two months of triple digit heat means increased business at car shops.

Workers at Route 66 Auto and Tire in Edmond are seeing increased traffic since June First.

Owner Jerry Jantzen says the high heat is taking its toll on cars.

“Seeing a lot of air conditioner business, radiators, batteries, whenever it gets real hot those are the things that usually go bad in the cars first and this year we’ve probably done as much air conditioner work so far this year as we’ve done the past 10 years combined.”

And, the cost to replace an AC unit can run as high as $2,500.

Jantzen says its best to have your battery checked because a low one can go out at any time during extreme temperatures.

He says triple digit heat can also hurt tires.

“So it’s’ good to have them checked and the air pressure, make sure they have plenty of air pressure in there because the lower the air pressure the hotter the tire runs, so it’s always good to run it to manufacturer’s specifications.”

The National Weather Service is keeping a heat advisory in place this week even though there could be a slight cool off on Wednesday.

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