In the thick of the summer heat, local drivers in Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton are most likely concerned with keeping themselves cool in traffic—and we don’t blame them. But what many drivers don’t realize (until it’s too late) is that your car needs a good dose of A/C too.
Nissan 24 knows that the last place you want to be is stranded on the side of the road in the summer swelter. Luckily, there are several precautions you can take to keep your car from overheating, especially in the elevated summer temps.
Keep Up with Regular Oil Changes
This one’s a biggie. Aside from lubricating your engine and ensuring that all of its components gracefully slide by one another, fresh oil also helps to cool down this high-temperature environment. Running your car on old oil can not only cause a breakdown of your engine’s essential moving parts, but it also puts your car at a higher risk for overheating.
Make sure you’re keeping up with your oil change appointments. Have the motor oil swapped and a fresh filter installed every 3,000 and 10,000 miles.
Get Engine Cooling Components Checked
To keep your car from overheating, it’s a good idea to have an under-the-hood inspection done to ensure that everything is working optimally. At your next oil change, have your technician check to make sure that none of the fans that ventilate the engine are broken and that interior hoses are both leak- and jam-free.
Always Keep Coolant Levels Topped Off
Coolant is a mixture of antifreeze and water with a job that’s highly important to regulating extreme engine temperatures. Over the course of the summer months, be sure to check your car’s coolant levels frequently so your engine doesn’t run out of this essential liquid.
Be safe when performing coolant checks, though. Wait until your car is cooled off to look under the hood, as removing a radiator cap while the engine is still hot is extremely dangerous.
If levels are low, add the same mixture type back into the system. Old coolant should be replaced with a new supply every two to three years of driving.
Engage with your Temperature Gauge
Especially in the brutal summer heat, when it’s upwards of 90 degrees outside your car, it’s important to give a nod to your car’s engine temperature gauge. If you happen to catch the needle rise and cross over to the dangerous side of the scale, pull over to the side of the road and pop the hood so the engine can begin to cool on its own.
Keeping your car cool in the summertime and beyond can help you to keep your cool as you venture around Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton. The best way to put our checklist into action? Schedule a maintenance appointment with the auto car experts at Nissan 24. We have the engine expertise to help you regulate your engine year-round!