With the heat from the summer sun, we know it’s not always easy keeping cool, especially here in Texas. And while our experts might not be able to help when it comes to the rising temperatures outside, they can when it comes to controlling the heat under your hood.
Sometimes, there are clear signs that your engine is getting overheated. But most of the time, they won’t come with much warning.
So, what can you do to prevent your engine from overheating this summer? Don’t stress – We have a few tips to help keep you and your car cool this summer.
DO: Let our experts check your coolant. When your coolant level gets too low, your engine is more likely to overheat. If you haven’t brought your car in for an oil change in a while, it’s just another one of many reasons to have it done. With every oil change, we’ll also perform a 30-point maintenance inspection, which includes checking your fluids. So, while we’re looking under the hood, we’ll check your coolant level and condition.
DON’T: Put off filling your fluids or use pure water as your engine coolant. While you could use pure water temporarily if your car was to break down in a deserted, rural area and needed coolant, coolant has additives that prevent rust and corrosion. It’s essential that it stay filled.
DO: Let our experts check your radiator. Your radiator’s job is to keep your engine cool. But when your radiator cap is loose or your hoses have leaks, they’re not able to circulate the amount of antifreeze your radiator needs. When you bring your car in, we’ll tighten your radiator cap, look for any leaks or cracks in your hoses, and flush your system. Our experts recommend having your radiator flushed and filled every 60,000 miles.
DON’T: Touch your radiator cap while your car is hot when checking anything yourself. When your radiator overheats, the fluid temperature increases and pressure builds along with it. And sometimes, the fluid explodes when the cap is removed and could cause chemical burns and serious scalds. Even with a cool radiator cap, take extra caution and protect your hands and face.
DO: Let our experts inspect your water pump, especially if you’re nearing 100,000 miles. Your water pump transfers water from the radiator to the engine, which helps it stay cool. Over time, when the gaskets wear or bearings fail, your water pump starts to leak. When you bring your car in, we’ll check that your water pump is working as it should.
DON’T: Wait to see our experts if you notice any drips or leaks coming from your water pump or anywhere under the hood.
DO: Let our experts ensure your warning system works properly. It’s good to get in the habit of glancing down at your dash to check your temperature and oil pressure gauges. It’s also important that these gauges are working properly and giving accurate readings. When you bring your car in, we’ll check your auto computer and sensors to ensure they’re fully functioning.
DON’T: Wait until a problem occurs or your engine is steaming.
DO: Let our experts service your car regularly. Leaks, burst hoses, electrical failure, water pump and thermostat malfunctions are all common causes of overheating, and all things our ASE Certified Experts will look for during scheduled maintenance. When you bring your car in, we’ll make sure you and your car stay cool all summer long.
DON’T: Compromise when it comes to maintenance, ever.
So, while we may hit several record-breaking highs this summer, we’ll help make sure your engine doesn’t.
Our experts are here to help make auto service and repair the way it should be – easy and stress-free. And that’s exactly how summer should be!