PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Delaware Valley is about to be baked in a weeklong heat wave, and a local automotive repair expert notes that the extreme heat is not only tough on people, it’s tough on cars.

Weather forecasters were calling for a high of 93° F. today, high 91° tomorrow, 96° on Wednesday and Thursday, and approaching a withering 100° on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

“The heat is actually harder on a car than the wintertime is,” says Hugh Snyderman, owner of Snyderman’s Gulf station at Second and Vine Streets in Old City Philadelphia.  “Everything’s at an operating temperature that it’s really not designed to be at.”

So what can car owners do?

Pay attention to your car, Snyderman advises.   Keep up with your maintenance — check fluid levels — and don’t top off your gas tank.   Also, he says, monitor the pressure in your tires because the hot weather pushes tire pressure up.

And if your car is making an unusual noise or is not running properly, he adds, get it looked at right away.

Reported by Suzanne Monaghan KYW Newsradio 1060

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