Ways to Keep Your Vehicle’s Engine from Overheating

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 at 5:35 pm
Close-up on a vehicle's coolant temperature gauge

How to prevent engine overheating

No matter what vehicle you drive or what engine you have, the possibility of overheating always exists. Vehicles are naturally hot, and if any component of the cooling system fails the engine can overheat, which can result in permanent damage. If you’re wondering how to prevent your engine from overheating, continue reading: We’ve put together some best practices you should follow to keep your engine working and healthy.

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When driving, be sure to keep an eye on your vehicle’s temperature gauge. This gauge will help you stay aware of your vehicle’s coolant temperature and acts as an early warning sign before engine problems start to occur. If you notice the gauge rising and/or steam rising from the vehicle’s hood, the safest solution has always been to pull over and turn the vehicle off as soon as possible. If you cannot pull over right away, it’s recommended that you turn off the air-conditioning system to reduce the total strain on the engine.

A person replacing their vehicle's coolantAfter turning the vehicle off, it’s suggested to leave the vehicle alone for about 30 minutes to allow it to cool. Drivers can then look for leaks or damage of some kind that would have an impact on the engine’s temperature. Automotive experts recommend packing along a spare gallon of coolant and a spare gallon of distilled water in your vehicle when going on long trips.

Do engines overheat more in summer?

While not every case of engine overheating is due to the weather, it is true that hot outdoor temperatures can play a role in an engine overheating. If possible, try to park your vehicle in the shade to avoid the heat of the sun. Tinted windows and sun shades also factor in to keeping vehicles cool on warm, sunny days.

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