Engine overheating is one of the many frequently-occurring issues a good number of car owners face. Given the very sunny weather and extra work a car’s engine has to go through in the Nigeria, overheating is almost becoming an inevitable problem. Quick fact, an engine overheat can lead to a car fire.
There are so many tips out there on what to do if you ever find yourself in a situation where your engine starts to overheat. What about things to do so you do not get into that situation in the first place? Yes, even with the weather and high occurrences of engine overheating, there still a number of things to do to avoid it.
Here are some tips:
Constantly check the car coolant level
Car coolant is the liquid that runs through the vehicle’s engine in order to regulate the operating temperature and prevent it from overheating. The coolant should never be allowed to go lower than the average mark. This can be ensured by car owner’s constant checking and topping. Also, low coolant level could be as a result of coolant leak. Once this is noticed, professional help should be sought.
Constantly watching the car’s temperature gauge
True, there are a lot of indicators on a dashboard indicators that could confuse any car driver owner. There are some that should not be neglected though. A good example of those is the temperature gauge. It helps you know when your car is getting too warm/hot for comfort.
Perform coolant flushes at intervals
While your coolant might not run low or leak, it is very proper that at intervals you have it flushed. Sometimes this can be a mighty task so getting a professional to do it is an advice. In the case you didn’t get the car manual in order to know the manufacturer’s prescribed change interval, you can have it done after 5 years or 5,000 miles depending on which comes first.
Avoid using the air conditioner in very hot conditions
Although this seems counter intuitive, using your air conditioner when it’s extremely hot outside can help cause your vehicle to overheat. When the air conditioning is running, it places a lot of extra strain on the engine, which causes it to work harder, causing it to get hotter. As the engine heats up, so does the coolant that is supposed to be regulating its temperature. If it’s very hot outside, the coolant can’t dissipate that heat as fast, and eventually results in the vehicle overheating. So although turning off your A/C might be uncomfortable, it could keep your car from overheating.
Avoiding an engine overheating is way less work than controlling one.