Texas is known for a lot of things, among them the sweltering, blistering
temperatures that summer brings. In addition to high levels of humidity
and sudden thunderstorms that may include high winds and hail, triple-digit
temperatures are also fairly commonplace. And it’s those blistering
temperatures that are the sworn enemy of your car. Your cooling system
has to work extra hard to keep your engine at a suitable operating temperature
that avoids metal fatigue, warping, and other major types of damage.
However, even with a healthy cooling system, the workload might just be
too much. So to help you avoid having to deal with the consequences of
overheating your engine, here are five things you can do that will help
keep the heat away and keep your car running smoothly this summer.
If your car has serious heating problems, then you want to give it plenty
of time to cool off after it runs. That means parking in the shade if
possible so the air that flows through your engine compartment is the
coolest it can get. This will help bring your engine to the lowest possible
temperature and reduce the amount of time it takes to get there. Furthermore,
you may also want to consider getting a sunshade for your windshield to
help keep the blistering sun from baking your car’s interior.
Use Your A/C Wisely
Your air conditioner is one of the largest loads on your engine, and one
that can greatly increase the amount of heat in your engine bay. While
keeping your A/C off during a Texas heatwave isn’t really an option,
you can do a few things that help keep the strain on your engine low.
First, use the floor vents when you first turn your car on. Your car is
only going to be blowing hot air anyway, so point it down at your feet
helps cycle out the hot air that’s risen to the top of the cabin,
cooling the cabin faster. Likewise, using the “fresh” setting
allows you to cool the cabin faster by pulling in ambient air from outside
rather than circulating hot air that was in the cabin of your car.
Mind the Temperature
Keep an eye on that temperature gauge on your instrument cluster: it will
tell you when your engine temperature is getting dangerously high. Generally,
the temperature will rise to a certain point, and it will stay there for
the duration of your trip when your engine and cooling system are both
working correctly. However, when that gauge continues to climb towards
the red danger area, pull over and let your engine cool off before continuing.
Turn On the Heater
When you’re facing a temperature emergency with your car, pull over,
turn off the engine, but leave the ignition in the “on” position.
Switch your climate control over to the maximum “heat” setting,
and then turn the fan on full blast. This will pull heat from the engine
bay, which will cool your engine and could save it from suffering any
serious damage when the temperature climbs too high.
Upgrade Your Coolant System
In high-temperature climates like Texas, a good coolant system is vital
for keeping your engine running smoothly. If your coolant system isn’t
enough to keep your car running smoothly, or you find that it’s
just getting too old to keep up, replacing it with a high-performance
radiator and cooling system may be the solution you need.
HP Motorsports can help outfit your ride with a new, high-end cooling system
that will help your car survive the summer heat and perform its best!
Contact our Katy high performance automotive shop by dialing (801) 231-9950 today.