When your car overheats, you pull over, pop the hood open from the driver’s seat, and let the steam out. It takes at least half an hour to cool your engine down.
While you can always rely on a mobile mechanic to perform car repairs, frequent overheating can potentially damage your vehicle and may even destroy your engine. You also waste time waiting for the engine to cool down.
Here are ways to prevent your car from overheating:
Monitor the Temperature Gauge
The temperature gauge is a great way to check the heat of the engine. Pull over and turn the engine off the moment you see the gauge cross over to ‘hot’.
You can also use the temperature gauge to check if there is a problem on your engine. If you notice that the temperature gauge frequently crosses to ‘hot’, it may signal a problem with the engine.
Check for Leaks, Bursts or Blockages
Before you take your car out, conduct an inspection and determine if the engine hoses are damaged in any way. A blocked hose or a leak in the coolant system can cause the engine to overheat. When you do find damages, have a professional technician repair the engine.
When checking the engine, take this time to check the coolant level. The coolant regulates the temperature of your engine and prevents it from overheating. Refill your coolant when it drops below the minimum mark. If the coolant level frequently dips below minimum, there may be leak that requires patching.
Do not Use the Air Conditioner in Hot Weather
When you turn on the air conditioner, it forces the engine to work harder and causes the temperature to rise. If it is hot outside, turn off the air conditioner. While you may feel uncomfortable with the heat, it can prevent your car from overheating.
Remember that frequent cases of overheating can destroy your engine. The last thing you want to happen is to be stranded when your car overheats.