Yes, it's been a slow start to summer... With all the rain and cold weather, it's made it a bit difficult to enjoy the outdoors, drive to the cottage, and more. However, the temperature is now rising, the sun is out longer, and we're ready to take advantage of it!
But even though you can bare the heat, sometimes your car can use a little bit of help to stay cool so it doesn't end up stuck on the side of the road. Here are 5 ways to keep your car cool this summer! ☀️❄️
1. Ensure There Is Enough Oil In Your Reservoir
Ensuring there is enough oil in your vehicle is important as oil is responsible for lubricating the moving parts of the engine and helps prevent overheating. If there is a low amount of oil, it puts more pressure on your engine to perform.
Here's how to check if you need to top up your oil or if you need an oil change:
2. Make Sure Your Car Has Enough Coolant
Throughout the summer, it's important to make sure that there is enough coolant in the radiator. Coolant is responsible for keep your engine cool. If there is no coolant or a lack of coolant, it could cause your engine to overheat and potentially cause it to seize, which would require severe repairs to be conducted.
3. Ensure Your Hoses Are In Good Condition
Even if you have a sufficient amount of coolant in your radiator, it won't be able to perform its role if it's unable to properly circulate via the vehicle's hoses. Oftentimes extreme heat can damage a wear out the hoses. Be sure to visually check them for leaks, cracks, and peeling. They should feel firm. Your coolant’s not doing much good if it’s not properly circulating through the hoses, and extreme heat can damage a worn hose. Hoses are usually good for at least four years, but not always. Check them visually for leaks, cracks and peeling. While the engine’s still warm, squeeze along the hose’s length — it should feel firm, but not hard. If the hose is spongy or soft in even one section, replace it before it fails and causes bigger problems.
4. Invest In A Sun Shade
If you tend to park your car out in the beating sun, it may be a wise investment to purchase a sun shade, or a UV heat shield. Because these shades block out the sun's rays, it keeps the car cool inside and avoids you from stepping into a scorching car.
5. Make Sure The Temperature Gauge Reads As Cool
Keep an eye on your temperature gauge and make sure it registers cool.
If you're running the AC, driving at high speeds, or idling in traffic, it can cause your car's engine to heat up faster. If you start to notice that the temperature gauge is starting to show as "hot", then it's a sign that your car is overheating. If this happens to you, turn the air condition completely off and actually turn on your heat. By turning on the heat, it will vent some of the engine heat which can cool down the vehicle. In addition, roll the windows down and pull over to a safe place. It is likely that your car may not have enough coolant, or a coolant leak may be present.
We’re certain that by implementing these tips, your vehicle will stay cool and fresh in the summer. Following these steps will also ensure your car is properly maintained and can extend the life of your car. If you have any questions on how to top up your coolant, check your hoses, or anything else, feel free to ask us anything in our instant live chat.