Prevent your Car from Overheating

Oftentimes, when a car exceeds five years of constant usage, parts of it will naturally become more prone to malfunctions. No matter how dedicated you are in the safeguarding of your car, time will eventually take its toll on its components, including the essential engine. The engine is what keeps every car running. Without it, our car would be an “empty can”. Because of this, engines should always be taken cared of at a highest level of maintenance possible.
Engines are rather complex machines, but some of its most basic parts include: the cylinder, spark plug, pistons, fan belt, and the radiator. All of these parts, among many others, would have their own roles in making the car run smoothly. Hence, once the engine is “at work”, it produces heat that transforms oil into energy, causing our cars to run. Knowing this makes it clear that heat is a principle that drivers and riders of cars should be well aware of. One must know that if the engine is overwhelmed with too much heat, a lot of damage could result not only to the condition of the car, but also to the health of the car’s occupants. Below are some tips on how to prevent your car from overheating:

Brake Fluid Maintenance: Brake fluids are one of the most important fluids in a car, for it greatly contributes to the safety of both the driver and the passengers. Break fluids are not usually a high maintenance type of fluid that demands to be recurrently changed. One tip of advice though is to always check your level of brake fluid, making sure it’s always abundant in avoidance of causing hot friction on some parts of the engine.

Radiator Maintenance: If not well maintained, radiators can become a source of heat, rather than a repressor of it. Most of the old car models have this kind of problem. When a radiator runs out of water, it makes the heat spread all over the engine, causing it to malfunction in a very destructive way. One way on how to maintain a good radiator is to make sure that it is always filled with water. Also, make it a habit to always check any minor leaks that could cause the water to flow out.

Motor Oil Maintenance:
 Motor oils are an indispensable element that makes the engine run smoothly. Its primary purpose is to lubricate, cooling the engine in the process. However, motor oils could end up contributing heat if you don’t regularly take your car out for the necessary Oil Change. The time interval regarding the cycle of your oil change depends on how often you use your car. But usually, it should be implemented on an average of every 6 months, just to be sure.

Fan Belt Maintenance: Fan belts are like the mediators in your engine in the way it exhausts heat out of the machine. A sign of a broken fan belt would be an air-conditioning system that producing very little coolness. When you discover that your fan belt has indeed stopped working, finding a replacement for it should be prioritized.

Above are just some of the things you may consider on how you could prevent your car from overheating. A lot more principles should be considered, but these factors vary on things such as: usage of car, brand of car, year model, etc. Through your own personal experiences as a driver, I’m sure you can learn more about these specifications by yourself.

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