With summer heat comes the increased chance of your vehicle starting to overheat. While the car can overheat for a variety of reasons, the most common one is traveling when it is hot and humid. Make sure to check the coolant levels for the engine. It is circulated through the engine to help cool the most critical parts of it. After the engine, it goes through the radiator. This allows heat to be transferred from the fluid to air blowing out of the exchanger. If the coolant is running low, it will increase the chance the engine overheats. Ignoring an issue like this will result in the engine failing completely.
Heat Affecting the Cooling System
Check to make sure that there is not a leak in the cooling system. The reservoir tank might start to show that the coolant levels are less than what they should be. Always make sure to check under the vehicle after having it parked for any length of time. If the radiator cap is loose or leaks, the coolant will leak out. Be aware if there is a puddle of fluid under the vehicle. This will indicate a leak, so make sure to contact us as soon as possible so we can check the vehicle. Doing so will decrease the chance of a breakdown and costly repair bill.
The thermostat for the vehicle will also need to be inspected and maintained. This will help prevent wear, deposits, and emissions from the engine. When the thermostat starts to malfunction even if nothing is wrong, it will give a false reading. While driving, it will be difficult to determine an actual reading or a false reading. Anytime the thermostat gets too high into the red, make sure to pull over when it is safe to do so and turn off your vehicle. This will prevent further damage being done to the engine.