The car engine is one of the most important parts of the car hence preventive measures ought to be taken so as to ensure the proper working condition of the car. Except when the ignition is off, the car engine works throughout and if not properly monitored will overheat and if nothing is done about that eventually breaks down becoming a money draining a piece of metal. There are things to do in order to prevent and protect your car from overheating, failure to do so only results in more damages.
Things to do
• Drive Wisely
Except you are preparing for NASCAR or on set of Fast and Furious, my advice is for you to drive wisely. The way you drive has a long way in affecting your engine performance. If you step on the gas abruptly or rev your car into full power for a long time, chances are your car engine will be become vulnerable to overheating due to the demand placed on it by you. Be gentle when stepping on the gas and keep a steady pace on the road. Also, be careful with the brake pedal and appropriately shift the gears.
• Regular Car Check
It is very important to have your car checked by a professional mechanic from time to time. This is referred to as a routine check and by most auto engineers the most important form of preventing your car from eventual breakdown. Lots of things happen in the car engine which most time is unknown to people one of which is leaking fluids in small amounts. A well trained professional will surely handle that perfectly if allowed. So, remember to perform a regular car check-up.
• Check the Temperature Gauge
Your car’s temperature gauge is an essential tool that will allow you to determine if your car is about to overheat. Most times, a damaged temperature gauge could cause a car engine to overheat. The moment the needle of the temperature gauge is close to the red line turn off your air-conditioning system and open your windows. Most cars are equipped with a heater. Turn the heater on to keep the heat away from your car’s engine. Before you take a long drive make sure the temperature gauge in your car is working properly.
• Check the Engine Coolant
Always check the engine coolant every time as its main function is to keep your engine within acceptable temperatures when running for a long time. Except you want to blow up your car engine maybe because you are tired of it or whatnot, do not run out of engine coolant. Check it regularly, if possible before you drive out in the morning. An engine with too little engine coolant is prone to overheating faster than an engine with adequate car fluids while cars running on empty engine coolant risks more damage to the car.
• Limit your Air Conditioning System Usage
Everyone loves to enjoy the coolness that the car AC has to offer, however, running it in full setting is prone to overheating. Set your car air conditioning to full setting only for few minutes and after the temperature of your car is comfortable enough, turn it down to the medium setting. Not only is your car prevented from overheating, less gasoline is consumed in the process.
• Check the Electric Fan
Be sure the cooling fan is working perfectly okay as its main function is to lower the temperature of the coolant. When the fan is not working well or at all, the coolant stays hot which increases the engine temperature causing it to overheat. You can check to see if the fan is working well by turning off the engine and spin the blade manually. If the fan blade spins easily, you don’t have a problem but if it doesn’t, then there is a problem. Try and check to see if something is hindering the fan and if you can’t seem to get it, take it to the auto professional.
• Check the Radiator
The radiator basically serves as a water cooler in which air passes through aluminum tubes and fans, and water is going through those tubes, so the air that is going through the cooler is taking the excess heat away from the engine via the cooling fins in the radiator tubes. The heat stays in the coolant whenever the radiator is not working properly and can result in engine overheating.
All of these things can be checked individually or by a professional, however, these are things that could be done by oneself. Take time out to run a check on your car, save yourself some money of having to wait till later when it might be too late.
Remember that prevention is better than cure and your life is very important too. Keep yourself safe. Drive safe.