Overheating is a major cause of car or truck breakdowns.
Today’s a big day – the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Well, actually the day is still 24 hours long, as always, but the difference is that today is the longest period of daylight (or sunlight) in a 24-hour day. It’s coincidentally also the first official day of summer. Both are good reasons to celebrate. But, before you go to the Solstice Festival in Olbrich Park, take a few minutes to think about the effect of summer heat on your car or truck – especially on the cooling system. And, in this case, we’re not talking about air conditioning (although now’s a good time to check that, too). We’re talking about the system that keeps your vehicle’s engine operating at an optimum temperature. The system includes things like the water pump, radiator, thermostat, coolant, belts and hoses that connect it to other parts of the engine.
“Neglecting your cooling system can result in serious damage and even complete engine failure, which would put a sudden end to your summer road trip,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “If the cooling system doesn’t receive regular maintenance, it’s not a question of whether it will fail, but rather when it will fail. Performing regular checkups of belts, hoses, the water pump and fluids will ensure your car remains properly cooled and healthy for many miles down the road.”
Those are jobs that Terry’s Car Care performs regularly when you bring your vehicle in for a checkup. It’s wise to bring it in now, before summer officially sets in and you set out on road trips and other jaunts in the heat, to have Terry’s make sure everything’s good to go.
It may be tempting to put off that maintenance if everything seems to be functioning. But don’t put it off if you notice any of the signs that something’s wrong. As the Car Care Council says at carcare.org, “cooling system failure is a leading cause of vehicle breakdowns.”
The council adds: “The most noticeable symptoms are overheating, leaks, a sweet smell of antifreeze and repeatedly needing to add coolant …. Additional signs of cooling system problems include the vehicle temperature gauge rising near the danger zone, coolant leaks, steam or hissing sounds under the hood or the distinct smell of an engine that’s running hot.”
If that’s the case, Terry’s can chill things out for your overheated engine. So go celebrate summer’s arrival. But make sure your car or truck stays cool.