Three tricks to protect your engine from overheating

WARM weather means a higher chance of your engine overheating.

But you can follow these tips to make sure you don’t experience this unfortunate summer scenario.

Warm weather increases the likelihood that an overheated engine will occur


Warm weather increases the likelihood that an overheated engine will occurPhoto credit: Getty

Engine overheat repairs can range from minor to major.

The McNally Institute reports that most engines cool down on their own in 30 minutes before they are ready to drive.

This waiting time is very inconvenient when you are on a tight schedule.

In the worst case scenario, an engine overheating may require a complete engine overhaul.

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The McNally Institute reports that a complete engine rebuild can average between $2,500 and $4,500, depending on the parts and labor needed.

Use these insider tips to avoid overheating your engine.

Analyzing and maintaining your fluid level is essential to promoting a cooler engine.

Coolant is the liquid that plays the most important role in keeping your engine at an optimal temperature.

Coolant is also known as antifreeze.

Your car’s coolant needs to be replaced as the liquid becomes contaminated and less effective over time.

This replacement process can include a partial coolant change or a full coolant flush.

Your vehicle’s owner’s manual provides the manufacturer’s recommended times for scheduling coolant flushes.

Coolant leaks can make your vehicle’s coolant inefficient.

Coolant leaks usually occur through a hole in a car’s radiator and can be repaired by a technician.

Keep an eye on your engine's temp gauge when you're out on the road this summer


Keep an eye on your engine’s temp gauge when you’re out on the road this summerPhoto credit: Getty

Your vehicle’s coolant system will suffer long-term damage if leaks are not repaired.

Coolant flushes do not fix leaks in the coolant system.

Monitor your temperature gauges as you venture behind the wheel.

If you notice a temperature change, there are steps you can take to cool your engine.

Responding quickly to temperature changes saves you time and money.

You can accelerate the speed at which you cool your car’s engine by installing sun visors in the cabin, parking in a shaded area, and opening your vehicle’s hood.

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RMO advises that skipping the air conditioning and driving with the windows down are best practices to cool your engine down, since high air conditioning puts undue stress on engines.

You can always trade in your vehicle’s pre-installed AC system for a home-built automotive AC system.

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