Summer is finally on its way in. For many car owners, this means road trips, blasting the a/c during the morning commute, or even, driving with the top down. For others, summer means the risk of overheating. Nobody likes to end up in a situation with an overheated engine. Especially in the summer heat. For tips to prevent you from becoming stranded on a hot summer day, read on.
Check your Coolant Level
Your car’s engine coolant is the fluid that regulates the temperature of the engine and saves it from overheating. If the level of coolant is below the mark in the coolant reservoir, you need to put more coolant in it. If the coolant level gets low or you notice your car’s temperature gauge climbing, you could have a coolant leak. The damaged caused by a hot engine and busted tubes can be costly to repair. Staying on top of this easy maintenance task can prevent extensive damage to your engine and repair costs low.
Schedule a Routine Coolant Flush
Coolant flushes are a part of routine car maintenance services. A coolant flush is recommended every few years because coolant degrades over time, which leaves the coolant system vulnerable to debris and other deposits lurking in your coolant system. At the bare minimum, make sure to change your coolant every 5 years.
Don’t Run the AC When It’s Too Hot
This might sound a bit crazy, but it will save your car from overheating. When the air condition runs, it places a lot of strain on the engine and pushes it to work harder. This, in turn, makes the engine very hot. When it is hot outside, coolant does not dissipate heat as fast as it could. This results in an overheated engine. Turning the AC off might be a bit uncomfortable for you, but it will always be better than getting stranded in the scorching heat if your engine gets overheated.
Check your Radiator Cap
The radiator cap plays a crucial role in maintaining the pressure in the coolant system and ensuring that no fluid comes out. Over time, the spring attached to the radiator cap weakens which leads to less pressure in the system. This can lead to overheating of the engine and other problems that could cause permanent damage your engine parts. Check your radiator cap once in a while to make sure that it’s working properly.