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Here's how you can prepare your car for extreme Arizona heat

An expert in Phoenix said there are three basic things drivers need to do to prep their car for summer.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: The above video is from 2017. You can see Matt Yurus' full report on 12 News tonight. 

A heat wave is en route to the Valley, and it is about that time when 100-plus degree temperatures become the norm in Arizona. 

David Martin with Martin's Auto Repair in Phoenix said there are some steps you need to take to get your vehicle ready for the summer. 

Martin said there are three basic things drivers need to do to prep their car for summer. 

Drivers should focus on their batteries, especially if it is more than years old.  

"When the hot weather starts to come, batteries -- if they're weak -- they are going to fail," he said. 

"We have a battery tester that tests the state of health of the battery, and that's one of the things that we do for our customers when they come in even with services." 

Drivers should also make sure their tires are up to par before the extreme heat hits. 

“That's when you see tire carcasses on the road, because the hot pavement in the tire will separate. And the next thing you know, you'll have a blowout,” he said.  

And lastly, drivers should make sure their car’s cooling system and air conditioning are in tip-top shape. 

No one wants their car -- or themselves -- to overheat. 

With monsoon season on the way, drivers should also make sure their windshield wipers are working smoothly. You never know when you are going to get caught in a big storm. 

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