The intense heat of summer isn’t just unpleasant for people. The high temperatures can also affect the engines of your car or truck. It’s important not to panic when the engine quits because it’s just too hot outside. Keep your engine cool and avert overheating disasters with these tips.
Don’t Let It Overheat
First things first, it’s crucial that you don’t allow your truck’s engine to overheat in the first place. If your engine has been making strange noises lately, then that could be a sign that it’s laboring and needs some maintenance. Keep a close eye on your instrument panel, because indicator lights – namely the check engine light – will switch on if there is something wrong with it. Use enough motor oil to keep the parts of the engine lubricated. This oil can cuts down on friction that generates when your vehicle is moving. Cars and trucks alike need plenty of motor oil to keep running smoothly.
The engine of your truck isn’t that different from the engine of the car you used to drive. Both rely on components called belts, fans, and coolants. The cooling system helps vent heat from the engine and transform it into cold air that provides relief on a hot day. Still, your air conditioning system could need some maintenance too. This maintenance comes in the form of flushing, which is something an experienced mechanic can handle. So what should you do if your engine fails entirely? Let’s find out.
What to Do If It Does
If your engine overheats, here are a few things to do while you’re on the road:
- Stop the car once you’ve pulled over, and then switch the engine off. Turn your blinkers (hazard lights) to let other drivers know you’ve run into trouble.
- Don’t open the hood, but give your engine some time to cool off first. Half an hour should be enough time. Wait for your temperature gauge to swing back into cooler readings.
- Look at the coolant that’s left. You’ll find it near the radiator. Refilling the coolant is a snap, but you need to have some extra coolant on hand. Keep a bottle in your truck for situations such as this.
- Feel the hoses for possible leaks, but be careful because the hoses will still be hot.
- Inspect the radiator, but before touching the cap of the radiator, use a rag or something similar to cover your hand.
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