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The heat is coming! Warm months are just around the corner.

The south is known for its dang heat and humidity, which can be tough on cars, trucks, and SUVs. If you want to keep your vehicle running smoothly and avoid costly repairs, there are some things you should never do to your car in 'Bama and the south. Here are five of 'em:

  1. Neglecting regular maintenance -That good 'ol regular maintenance is essential for any car, but it's especially important in the south where the heat and humidity can take a toll on your vehicle. Skipping oil changes, tire rotations, and other routine maintenance tasks can lead to bigger problems down the road, including engine damage and reduced fuel efficiency.

2. Leaving your car parked in the sun -Parking your car in direct sunlight can cause a number of problems, including damage to your interior and exterior, and reduced battery life. If possible, park in the shade or invest in a car cover to protect your vehicle from the sun's harmful rays.

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3. Using the wrong type of oil -The wrong type of oil can lead to engine damage, reduced fuel efficiency, and other problems. In Alabama, it's important to use oil that can handle the high temperatures and humidity. Check your owner's manual or consult with a trusted mechanic to determine the best type of oil for your car.

4. Using low-quality gasoline -Using low-quality gasoline can also cause problems in Alabama. Gasoline with a low octane rating can lead to engine knocking and reduced fuel efficiency. It's important to use gasoline with a high enough octane rating to meet your car's needs.

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5. Ignoring warning signs -If you notice warning signs that something is wrong with your car, such as strange noises, vibrations, or dashboard warning lights, it's important to address them right away. Ignoring these signs can lead to bigger problems and more expensive repairs down the road.

In conclusion, the hot and humid climate in the southern United States can be tough on cars. To keep your vehicle running smoothly, it's important to take care of regular maintenance, park in the shade, use the right type of oil and gasoline, and address warning signs as soon as they arise.

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