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By Damilola Faustino

Imagine in the middle of the highway, your can begins to emit smoke due to overheating. At first, you will be shocked but you have to act fast by looking for ways to cool your car’s temperature or else, you may soon be dealing with a fire situation. This will not only ruin your day, it can potentially damage your vehicle or even destroy your engine. Rather than being in this kind of situation, it is advisable to take preventive measures to stop your car from overheating. These preventive measures will help:

overheating car

Keep your eye on the temperature gauge

The temperature gauge is located on the dashboard. It has a needle that lets you know if your car is about to overheat. If it points toward hot, pull over, turn off the engine and let the car cool down.

Park in the shade

Parking in the shade not only keeps your car cool but can also prolong the life of your car. If you cannot find a shade, you can use a sunshade to reduce heat inside the car.

Always check your coolant level

Your engine coolant is the fluid that runs through your engine to regulate the operating temperature and prevent it from overheating. If the level is below the minimum mark on the reservoir, then the risk of overheating of overheating is very high. A low coolant level also indicates that there may be a coolant leak.

Tint your windows

You can apply tinted windows to help keep your car cooler, and protect your interior from sun damage.

Don’t use the air conditioning in very hot conditions

Using your air conditioner when it’s extremely hot outside can cause your vehicle to overheat. When the air conditioning is running, it forces the engine to work harder, causing it to get hotter. As the engine heats up, so does the coolant that is supposed to be regulating its temperature.

Check your radiator for debris

Your radiator has to deal with a lot of debris including leaves, bugs, and dirt which can get stuck in the engine. This could jam the radiator halting airflow. Consequently, this can impact the amount of airflow travelling to your vehicle’s cooling system.

Replace your battery

If your car battery is older than three years, it may not be providing the power it once did, so your car has to work harder and can overheat.

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