Five ways to prevent your car from overheating
The summer months can be even more brutal than normal for cars, as the rise in temperature can contribute to them overheating. No one wants to deal with this on a hot day stranded out on an empty road while waiting for a tow truck. stay ahead of the game this year and check out five ways you can prevent your car from overheating!
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Keeping your car in good shape means bringing it in to an auto shop regularly to get it checked out. After all, a checkup is far less expensive than a blown head gasket or a cracked water hose. Below are some preventative measures you can take to keep the engine running smoothly.
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- Check the coolant levels frequently. This is especially true if you drive a car that doesn’t give off a warning that the coolant levels are dropping, which may be a sign of a leak.
- Make sure the coolant is fresh. If the coolant in your car is old and past its expiration date, it won’t be much use. Getting it flushed and replaced is necessary from time to time.
- Check the drive belt. The drive belt is what helps pump the water and circulate the coolant. Over time, the belt may wear a little and eventually break. It’s best to have it inspected and replaced before it actually breaks.
- Keep the radiator clean. The buildup of dead bugs and dirt can wreak havoc on your engine over time, as they will block airflow to the cooling system.
- Check the radiator cap. There’s a lot of pressure being built up under it, so the cap needs to be tight and free of cracks and damage at all times. If the cap is damaged or a spring has weakened, the added pressure could lead to overheating.
Learn more tips and tricks by getting in touch with our team here at Royal South Mazda!