Summer is approaching, and as an El Paso resident, you know with summer sometimes comes unbearable heat. While the high temperatures may make you uncomfortable, they are also problematic for your engine, as the risk of engine overheating increases.
An overheated engine will cause severe damage to your engine and leave you stranded on the side of the road. Read on to learn how to keep your car from overheating this summer.
Be conscious of where you parked your vehicle; particularly during the day. Any object that sits in the intense sun all day will get hot, and your vehicle is no exception. When you start your car it will already be at an elevated temperature, which will make overheating more likely.
If your job doesn't provide covered parking, look for an area under trees or other coverings. You can also try to park close to the building, as the height of the building may block the sun.
Have the Oil Changed
Regular oil changes are critical to engine health. Over time, sludge and other particles settle in the oil. These particles minimize the efficiency of the oil, its ability to lubricate, and the overall operation of the engine. A decline in engine efficiency will cause the engine to work harder, which could make the engine overheat.
The type of vehicle you have, as well as your driving conditions, determine the frequency at which you need to have the oil changed, but around 3,000 to 5,000 miles is an excellent starting point.
Monitor the Temperature Gauge
Engine overheating isn't a concern that happens out of nowhere; it's typically a gradual process. You can minimize damage by keeping an eye on your car's temperature gauge. Whether you have an analog or digital dash panel system, there is a temperature reading for the engine.
To make the monitoring process easier, the gauge will generally have a red numbered section that lets you know when the engine is too hot. Whenever you see the lever veer to this side, you know your engine is having a problem that you need to address.
Turn on the Heat
The idea of turning on the heat during a Texas summer sounds like unnecessary torture. However, this step can help treat the overheating engine and prevent it from turning into something far more problematic. If you notice your engine temperature increases, pull over and turn the heat on its highest setting.
The heat function will draw the warmed air from the engine and force it into the inside of the car; by removing the heat, you inadvertently minimize the temperature of the engine. Keep in mind that this is a temporary fix, and you should take your car to a shop as soon as possible.
Maintain Adequate Engine Coolant
Engine coolant speaks for itself in that it's designed, in part, to cool the engine during the summer. However, this fluid is only useful when it's maintained at adequate levels. When the coolant level is too low, a car is at a greater risk of overheating.
Coolant will also keep your engine performing at its best, which may also extend its lifespan. If low coolant levels are the reason your engine is overheating, have your car inspected to ensure that there is not a leak contributing to the low levels.
Your efforts will keep your engine healthier for the summer season and beyond. However, when your vehicle is overheating, it is vital that you have your car towed to a repair professional. If you continue to drive the vehicle you will only increase the level of damage.
If it’s already too late for your car, call Best Wrecker. At Best Wrecker, we're here to help you with all your towing needs.