Helping your vehicle deal with August heat

4288 × 2848Traditionally, Ohio sees its hottest temperatures during July and August. Extreme heat can cause issues for your vehicle and especially for its A/C components. Here are some tips on how to help your vehicle beat the summer heat.


1.)               Ensure your engine and all areas under the hood are clean and free of debris. Check your radiator and grille; if they aren't clean, they won't let air flow through your engine compartment. 

2.)                 Make sure that your coolant is fresh. When checking your coolant, take the time to verify that you're using the correct type and volume. There are two main kinds of coolant - one is a neon green color and the other is pink. You could cause serious problems for your engine if you're using the incorrect type. If you're uncomfortable replacing your coolant, bring it to the SVG Service Department for a coolant flush.

3.)                 Unless your vehicle is 2 years old or less, it is probably time to replace the hoses in your cooling system. Hoses can degrade quickly due to the extreme heat they endure and most manufacturers recommend replacing them every 2 years.

4.)                If you've ever had your thermostat replaced, it's wise to have a mechanic check it to make sure it's the right temperature setting. Newer vehicles rely on your thermostat working at a specific temperature to control electronics. Substituting your thermostat for one with the wrong temperature setting can cause serious problems.

5.)                If your radiator cap has ever been replaced, make sure the replacement has the correct pressure setting. As with your thermostat, an incorrect radiator cap pressure setting can cause problems.

6.)                Your water pump belt deserves some attention. Check your owner's manual to see how often you should have it changed. If your water pump belt breaks, you could be left stranded with an overheated engine.

7.)               Your vehicle relies on many different sensors to perform properly. Many of these sensors detect temperatures. Have the professionals in the SVG Service Department diagnose your sensors to ensure they're all working as they should.

By following these tips, your vehicle will have a much easier time enduring the dog days of summer.



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