The weather is starting to heat up in Northern Delaware and we have some hot and humid summer months ahead. Engine overheating can be a serious concern for many drivers this time of year. It is something you want to avoid as excess heat can cause significant damage to the engine itself. In most cases, the cooling system is to blame when the engine overheats, but it could be something else that needs to be repaired.
Here are a few simple tips from Fox Run Auto to help you keep your engine from overheating this summer:
1. Keep Up with Oil Changes
There are many reasons why an oil change is the most common preventative maintenance service for all automobiles. You want to keep your engine oil fresh and healthy to avoid engine problems like overheating and internal damage to components that rely on the oil for important lubricating and cooling properties.
2. Get Your Cooling System Inspected and/or Serviced
If you are worried about overheating this summer because of past problems or other concerning signs, get your vehicle's cooling system inspected by your local mechanic. They can look over the radiator, coolant, pumps, fans, hoses and seals to ensure everything is working properly. They may also recommend a standard cooling system service to replace the radiator coolant and perform necessary maintenance.
3. Shade is Your Friend
Try to park your car in the shade as much as possible, especially if it's going to be there for awhile. You can also use window shades or crack your windows to keep it from getting too hot inside. After-market window tinting may be another option to consider if you live in a really hot area.
4. Manage Your A/C System
There are multiple tricks to use your car's heating and air conditioning system to help prevent overheating. First, use the fresh air setting rather than the recirculating option. You can also use your floor air vents when you first turn on the vehicle. It will more efficiently blow the hot air out of your vehicle. Once it is cooled down inside, you can switch back to the upper vents at a lower fan and/or higher temperature setting. Lastly, if you think your car is about to overheat, turn off the A/C and turn on the heater. It may be a little uncomfortable for awhile (open the windows for some fresh air), but it can divert heat away from the engine enough to prevent overheating.
5. Monitor Your Temperature Gauge
Your vehicle has a temperature gauge on the dashboard. If it starts getting into the red or giving you any warning messages, pull over and let the vehicle cool down completely. If the problem persists, you shouldn't wait to take your car to a repair specialist for a proper cooling system inspection and repairs.
6. Add Engine Coolant/Water
Only when the vehicle is completely cooled down and the radiator cap is cool to the touch, you can open it up and check the coolant level/quality. You may want to add some more coolant or a little water if the level is low. If you see a fluid leak under the car, you will probably want to get that looked at by an automotive expert.
7. Replace Your Car Battery
Another common cause of an overheating engine is the battery. Car batteries over 3 years old tend to lose some power, and this can cause the engine to work harder and potentially overheat. Talk with your mechanic to see if it's time to replace your battery, spark plugs or other important electrical components.
These are just a few ways to help prevent your vehicle from overheating. If you think you might have engine or cooling system problems in Northern Delaware, call Fox Run Auto today at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your service appointment online for an inspection, maintenance or repairs.