How to Prevent Car Overheating

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What You'll Need
Engine coolant
Car temperature gauge replacement
What You'll Need
Engine coolant
Car temperature gauge replacement

There are steps that you can take to prevent your car from overheating. An overheated engine is prone to develop cracks resulting in more serious damage. Below are the materials that you need along with the instructions on how to prevent your car engine from overheating.

Step 1 - Check the Engine Coolant Always

Make sure that your car engine has enough engine coolant every time you take your car for a long drive. The engine coolant is essential in keeping your engine within acceptable temperatures when running for a long time. A car engine with too little engine coolant is prone to overheating faster than an engine with adequate car fluids.

Step 2 - Have Your Car Checked Regularly

Have your car checked by a professional mechanic every so often. Your car engine may be leaking fluids in small amounts and undetectable by an untrained eye. Have the temperature gauge of your car checked to see if it is still working properly. Your car’s temperature gauge is an essential tool that will allow you to determine if your car is about to overheat. Oftentimes, a damaged temperature gauge is the cause of car engine overheating. Aside from repairing your temperature gauge, having your car service checked will also determine other cause of car engine overheating and will do the necessary repairs before further damage is done to your car’s engine.

Step 3 - Do Not Overuse your Car Air Conditioning System

A car air conditioning system running at its full ability is prone to overheating. To solve this problem all you have to do is set your car air conditioning to full setting only for five minutes and after the temperature of your car is comfortable enough, turn it down to the medium setting. Aside from preventing your car from overheating, you will also use less gasoline when your car air conditioning system isn't running full hilt.

Step 4 - Drive Wisely

The way you drive also impacts whether your car will overheat. If you step on the gas abruptly or rev your car into full power, stop and rev it again, your car engine will be more vulnerable to overheating as the engine has to work harder. It's better to step on the gas gradually and keep a steady pace on the road. Do not stomp on the brake pedal unnecessarily. You should also shift gears appropriately so as not to overwork your car’s engine.

Step 5 - Do Not Ignore the Temperature Gauge of your Car

As soon as the needle of the temperature gauge is close to the red line turn off your air-conditioning system and open your windows. Most cars are equipped with a heater. Turn the heater on to keep the heat away from your car’s engine. Before you take a long drive make sure the temperature gauge in your car is working properly.