The thermometers are already taking a break and it’s time to say goodbye to the last blows of summer. But still, there are dangers for our cars that are often associated with heat and yet they also lurk when temperatures drop, since many times they are a symptom of a problem (mechanical or not) and have nothing to do with the season of the year.
We refer, for example, to the overheating that the vehicle’s engine can suffer. Although in the most current models it is practically impossible for the engine to suffer an increase in temperature since they have great mechanisms to avoid this type of situation, cars with some age can suffer especially on long trips.
That the needle of the engine thermostat rises is a fact motivated by very different causes, some serious and others easily solvable. If this situation occurs while we are driving, it is important to know how to react appropriately to avoid aggravating the problem or even causing worse damage. To do this, here are six very simple tricks to apply:
- Don’t stop suddenly. Although we are tempted to stop the engine suddenly when we see that the temperature rises, the most beneficial thing for the engine is to stop slowly so that the temperature transfer could cause damage to the cylinder head and valves.
- Turn off the air conditioning and roll down the windows. It will be one less load on the motor.
- Put the heat on. Of course, if you are stopped and you can get out of the car. Doing a heat transfer can ease the engine temperature.
- Use the gas pedal and the engine brake. If you are stationary, put the car in neutral and step on the gas to help the water pump run. If you are in a traffic jam, do not accelerate and use the engine brake.
- Check the fan. Check that the motor fan is working properly if the temperature does not drop.
- Fill in the coolant. When you get the car to cool down, start the engine and slowly fill the expansion tank with coolant.