Three Ways To Help An Overheating Engine

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Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time for summer road trips, warm weather, and good times with family and friends. Although these outings and get-togethers can be some of the best memories of our lives, the heat of summer can be extremely tough on our vehicles. From fluids drained from the heat to simple wear and tear from moving parts, the heat can quickly take a toll on your car or truck. Luckily, you can easily get your vehicle ready got the warm weather of summer with one quick trip to one of your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers. Our team of expert and certified service technicians will get all of your vehicle’s needs handled in one quick trip so you can get back to doing the things you love. Here are three ways to help stop your car from overheating.

Check Your Fluids

The fluids in your vehicle are extremely important to the overall well-being of your vehicle. Essential fluids like engine oil not only help your engine run efficiently, but they can actively pull heat away from sensitive areas of your vehicle. Engine oil specifically will lubricate the moving parts in your engine while cooling them down simultaneously. If you allow your oil to sit for too long it can thicken, causing your engine to work harder to function and lower your fuel efficiency. Overly thickened engine oil can even cause catastrophic engine failure, which can easily cost thousands of dollars to deal with. While you have your engine oil checked, our team will check your coolant levels, transmission fluid, wiper fluid, and will do a full diagnostic on your vehicle using state-of-the-art equipment.

Radiator Repairs

Your radiator is one of the most important components of your vehicle in the summer. Your radiator is made out of a series of winding tubing that is filled with coolant. Coolant travels from your engine, actively pulling heat away from crucial moving components before it gets to the radiator. Coolant then travels through the radiator where the movement of your vehicle actively cools the liquid from the air passing over your vehicle. If your radiator is malfunctioning or if you have even a small crack in your coolant line, your engine temperatures could skyrocket.

Service Your A/C System

Although your A/C system may not be essential for your car or truck to function, having a working air conditioner can make a world of difference when it comes to your comfort. Depending on where you live, temperatures can range from the 80’s to over 100°F, and that temperature can get even hotter in your vehicle. In warm parts of the country, temperatures well over 150°F have been recorded in the interior of vehicles, which is enough to scald human skin. You can easily negate the risks of this excessive heat by protecting yourself with a quick check of your A/C system. You can get all these services done and much more with just one quick trip to one of your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers today.