Summer is finally here and temperatures are on the rise. Is your car ready to handle the heat?
If you stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance schedule, you’re probably not in danger of experiencing any trouble, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be on the look-out for potential issues before they arise. We recommend paying extra attention to your vehicle’s cooling system to keep your car from overheating during the summer months.
Here’s how you can prevent overheating and save yourself extra time and money:
- Keep some spare coolant on hand. Remember to top off your coolant if you think it might be running low. Engine coolant is also known as antifreeze and it gets mixed with water inside your vehicle’s coolant system to prevent your car from overheating. Make sure you’re using the proper mixture of fluids and keep some extra in your car in case of emergency. If you find yourself frequently running low, it might be time to bring your vehicle to a Buick dealer near you for a quick service check-up. There might be a leak in your coolant system.
- Inspect your vehicle’s serpentine belt. A serpentine belt is the component that regulates your car’s water pump, which is the driving force behind your coolant system. If your serpentine belt isn’t functioning well, your water pump won’t work properly and your coolant system might be in danger. If the serpentine belt breaks, your vehicle can overheat immediately and even catch fire.
Not sure if it’s time to replace your serpentine belt? They typically last around 60,000 – 100,000 miles or for about five years. If you fall within that range, you might want to get it checked.
- Check your radiator for debris. You may not know it, but your radiator is actually one of the hardest working components under your hood. It takes a ton of abuse and debris from outside (like bugs, dirt, leaves and even small pieces of trash) can get trapped inside of it. Debris lodged inside your radiator can interrupt the flow of air through your vehicle’s cooling system and slowly cause your car to overheat. But don’t worry–it’s super simple to clear the debris out. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it, one of our friendly service technicians would be happy to help.
- Check your radiator cap. Your radiator cap maintains the pressure inside your coolant system to prevent overheating and to keep fluids from boiling over. Over time, the spring attached to the cap can weaken and the loss of pressure can cause your engine to overheat.
We hope these tips will help keep you safe and cool this summer. For more information, (or to check out our new Buick models
–hey, why not?) visit us at Anthony Buick GMC