- Posted by Sanderson Lincoln
- On June 28, 2016
We’re already dealing with some serious heat in the Valley of the Sun, but at Sanderson Lincoln we’re well aware that summer is only going to get hotter.
Many older cars will have overheating issues as the Phoenix summer swelters on. Here are a few tips we’d like to pass along to help ensure your car is running well through these high temperatures.
Take a look at your battery
Batteries aren’t made to last more than about three years. If yours is getting up there in age, consider swapping it out for a new one. This preventative maintenance can help make sure you don’t get stuck with a dead battery at an inopportune time. As the temperatures go up, older batteries can’t always take the stress.
When in a pinch, turn off your engine
If you’re driving down the road and your car overheats, pull off the road, open your hood, and let the engine cool off on its own. Too often people try to make it just a few more miles and end up doing serious damage to their engine. If your engine needs to cool off, give it a break and let it do so.
Leave your radiator cap alone
At Sanderson Lincoln, we try to make sure everyone knows that one of the worst things you can do if your car is overheated is to remove the radiator cap. If your engine is hot, you’re likely to release a combination of steam and radiator fluid. Because it’s so hot, it will come out with some seriously high pressure and could lead to serious burns and injuries.
Look for underlying causes of overheating
Some care engines are prone to heating up as they get older, but it could also be a more serious issue. One of the most obvious indications that something’s gone wrong is finding fluid under your car or truck. You can typically tell what it is based on the color. If you’re not sure, bring it in to your local mechanic or stop by Sanderson Lincoln.
Of course, leaking coolant isn’t the only thing that might be wrong with your vehicle that may be causing it to overheat. Some other common culprits include:
- Your electric fan is bad.
- Your radiator switch is bad.
- Your fan belt is broken.
- Your thermostat is staying closed.
- Your radiator is clogged.
Safety is the most important thing
At Sanderson Lincoln, what we want you to take away from this article more than anything else is this very important fact: Your safety is the most important thing here. Never remove the radiator cap of an overheating engine and get the help you need to repair your car. Our excellent service department is ready to serve you.