The dog days of summer have finally arrived, and the summer heat can greatly increase the chances of your vehicle overheating. The increase in external warmth puts your engine at a disadvantage when trying to maintain a sustainable temperature. If your vehicle is not properly prepared for the heat, then engine damage can occur.
Here are some ways to help prevent your vehicle from overheating:
- Make sure your radiator has plenty of coolant (antifreeze) in it – Lack of coolant is the number one reason for engines to overheat
- Coolant has a life span, so be sure to keep fresh coolant in the vehicle – Old coolant can cause corrosion and make other components weaker against high temperatures
- Make sure your radiator cap is not cracked and screwed on completely – The cap maintains the pressure within the radiator and prevents the coolant from boiling
- Clean the radiator often - Dirt, leaves, bugs and other grime can clog the airflow in the cooling system
- Check the status of your vehicle’s thermostat, belts, hoses, water pump, radiator and fans – These components are important because they all help maintain the temperature of the vehicle
- If your vehicle shows signs of overheating: pull over, shut off the engine and call for road service - Shutting your engine down quickly can help avoid turning a minor repair into a major one
Overheating damages are costly, inconvenient and a major headache. Using these tips will keep your vehicle cool this summer.