There’s few things worse than having your car overheat in the hot, Texas weather. However, it’s a frequent problem for many Spring, Texas, drivers as the weather heats up. At LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair, we understand that no driver wants to deal with the hassle of an overheated car, so we’ve laid out some tips to help you prevent this problem:
- Have Your Drive Belt Checked
Just as the name implies, your drive belt “drives” crucial parts of your car, along with the water pump for your alternator. If the drive belt breaks, the water pump can’t properly function, resulting in a lack of coolant circulation. This will quickly lead to an overheating engine. Have your local Spring, Texas, car mechanic check for signs of wear or cracking in the drive belts to ensure your car will run properly.
- Inspect the Radiator Cap
For such a small component of your car, the radiator cap plays a big role. It maintains pressure on the system and prevents overheating and boiling over. If the radiator cap has a problem with the spring, or isn’t properly fastened, the pressure will become compromised and cause overheating.
- Clear the Radiator
Debris like leaves and dirt can easily build up in your radiator. However, when these debris pile up in front of the radiator or A/C condenser, airflow to the cooling system can be blocked off. If air can’t get through the condenser to reach the radiator, it becomes harder to cool the engine and can lead to problems with overheating.
- Make Sure You Have Fresh Coolant
Like most other fluids that your car depends on, coolant has a limited lifespan. If the coolant passes the end of its lifespan, it will leave deposits in the engine and radiator that will cause poor coolant flow. Having your coolant changed by a Spring, Texas, car mechanic regularly will help with not only overheating, but corrosion as well.
- Check the Coolant Levels
One of the most common causes of engine overheating is low coolant levels. Check your coolant levels often to ensure that the liquid reaches the “full” line on the side of the coolant reservoir. If you notice that the levels are getting low, bring your car in to have the coolant levels refilled. Also, have the mechanic check for leaking if you notice a sudden, drastic drop in the coolant levels.
Overheating is a common problem for cars in the summer. These tips can help prevent expensive engine repairs and keep your car performing at its best. For professional, high-quality auto maintenance services in Spring, Texas, give LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair a call at (281) 651-7766.