How to Prevent Your Vehicle from Overheating During the Summer
How to Prevent Your Vehicle from Overheating During the SummerWith the coming of summer and the long, hot days there are certain things that we all have to do in order to prevent our cars from overheating. Here is a list of items that you might find useful when it comes to keeping your engine from overheating this summer.
1. Engine coolant
One of the most important things is to always keep the coolant levels just right. In order to check the level, all you have to do is pop up the hood and find the coolant reservoir. There are indicator lines on the reservoir itself, so you will be able to check it easily. If the level is too low, add the needed amount, and make sure to put the cap back on. Coolant is sold in two ways, either a 50/50 mix of coolant and water, or concentrated coolant that you can mix with water yourself. Note that you absolutely have to wait until the engine is cool - you must not add coolant while the engine is hot.
2. Temperature gauge
Make sure to keep an eye on the temperature gauge, it is on the dashboard of your vehicle. If it is pointing to the center, then things are fine; however, if it is pointing to hot you might want to pull over. After you have pulled over, turn off the engine and let the vehicle cool down for a while.
3. Park in the shade
Just like you can feel the difference between being in the direct sun and under a shade, so can your car. If there is no shade nearby, then use a sunshade - it will reduce the heat inside of the car.
4. Tint your windows
There has to be a place nearby where an auto team would be able to tint your windows. By doing so, you will be providing UV ray protection to your car against sun damage, and you will be keeping the car cooler.
5. Radiator flush
Even if you have kept the coolant at the right levels at all times, there will come a moment when the radiator will need to be flushed. It is also known as a coolant flush, and it is usually done every 40 000 miles, but it would be best to check the instructions in your owner’s manual. You will probably be able to perform this on your own but have a professional mechanic do it, just in case.
6. Car battery replacement
Is your car battery older than three years? Well then, it might have some trouble providing the same power as it did once, which in turn leads to it working harder - hence it may overheat. Have a professional auto technician take a look at it and determine if you need to have it changed.
Hope those tips were useful to you. Have a great summer, and take care of your car!