How to Keep Your Car from Overheating in the Summer

Whether you car is old or new, has hundreds of thousands of miles or just a few, it doesn’t have to overheat. Minnesota may not have the hottest weather in the country, but that’s not what would cause your vehicle to overheat anyway. There are plenty of cars that drive in the hottest of the summer months all over the country that do not overheat! Common causes of a car overheating include:

Leaks in the Cooling System. (This is the number one reason why a car overheats!) 
Coolant concentration is off. 
Thermostat is bad. 
Radiator needs repair or replacing.
Hoses or belts have worn out or broken. 
Radiator fan has stopped working. 
Water pump is no longer doing its job. 

Now that you know the leading causes of overheating, let’s take a look at the ways you can prevent your car from leaving you stranded on the side of the road this summer:

  1. Check to make sure your coolant level is high.
  2. Never use water in your radiator and know the best type and concentration for your specific make and model. 
  3. Old coolant loses its ability to do its job well. Keep it fresh!
  4. Check your belts and hoses for wear and cracking. 
  5. Keep your radiator clear of built-up debris. 
  6. Make sure your radiator cap is tight and can do its job. 
  7. Provide your vehicle with regular maintenance. This is probably the best way to stay ahead of the curve, get the most out of your vehicle for the longest time possible, and diminish the likelihood that your car will overheat and leave you someplace you don’t want to be.

The team at AutoPro Auto Services are here to partner with you to get the most out of your car and help decrease the chance that your auto will overheat. Make your appointment today! You can find us at 7901 W River Rd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.




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