Summer heat got you sweating? If so, your car’s likely feeling the heat, too.

Taking care of your car’s cooling system is critical to ensuring a smooth ride through the summer. Your car’s cooling system prevents your car from overheating, leaving you stranded on the side of the road, hood popped, and engine steaming.

To keep your car in tiptop shape this summer,  follow these basic steps:

1. At the beginning of the summer, check your radiator and hoses for leaks and cracks. Be sure all the connections are snug. Look to see that the hoses are not splitting and that there is no bulging or swelling at the ends. BUT before you get under the hood, make sure your engine is cool―never remove a radiator cap when the engine is hot, or even warm.

2. Check your coolant level each month. The coolant works with your cooling system to protect your engine against corrosion, provide more efficient fuel combustion, and maintain proper oil viscosity. Low coolant is the biggest cause of roadside breakdowns. Refer to your owner’s manual for the level, condition, and concentration of coolant for your particular vehicle.

3. Keep an eye on the temperature gauge on your dashboard. Despite all your efforts, your engine could still overheat when driving. If you see the gauge climbing, take immediate action by turning on the heat in the vehicle cabin. As counterintuitive as this may seem, turning on the heat inside your car actually cools your engine. Allow your engine ample time to cool down. Prolonged overheating can cause permanent and expensive damage to your engine.

Check back next week for more tips!

– Getaround Fleet Team