How to Prevent Your Car from Overheating

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.



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  4. Ralph Horn August 30, 2017 at 8:03 am #

    When a car overheats, it does not function properly and its performance gets subdued. The problem arises for a number of reasons. It mostly occur on hot days. When you notice the issue, you should check few components. At first, you should inspect the cooling system. Some of its components could be malfunctioned. If at the time of driving you notice it, you should quickly turn off the air conditioner and open the windows. You have to also minimize the brake use so you should choose the less traffic road.

  5. Lydia moore February 3, 2018 at 6:43 am #

    Above tips could be very helpful in preventing the overheating of the car. I agree with the fact that lack of appropriate amount of coolant fluids could increases the possibility of overheating of engine. Coolant level should be inspected on a regular interval. As the coolant degenerates with the flow of time, it should be replaced after certain time interval according to the owner’s manual. Engine oil also play an important role in preventing the overheating of the engine by absorbing certain heat generated by the engine.

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