Tips to keep your engine cool

 

Sometimes Utah Summers feel like they take up about half of the year, and though we spend plenty of time cooling down our homes and staying hydrated, we often neglect to realize just how much damage excessive heat can do to our cars. Here are some tips to keep your engine cool even in the dead heat of July.

Check Your Fluids Regularly

You’re going to want to check your fluids at regular intervals, in particular your oil and your coolant. You may be surprised how quickly you burn through coolant in the summertime, and your oil may need replacing sooner than you think due to the extreme temperatures. It may even be wise to simply get an oil change right at the start of summer just to be safe.

Check Your Hoses

Fresh fluids won’t do your car much good if they’re not getting where they need to go. Check your hoses for cracks and leaks, and if they’re becoming very dry and brittle, consider having them replaced now, before they cost you money in repairs and wasted fluids.

Get a Check Up

If you don’t know how to do these check ups yourself, you can take your car into the shop or seek out a friend who knows what they’re doing, but you’re going to want to check the radiator, thermostat and water pump if your car’s going to survive the summer.

Don’t Neglect an Overheating Car

If you do have issues with your car overheating, don’t waste time, take it directly to your mechanic. The more you subject your car to overheating, the more damage it’s going to do.

Dealing With Overheating

A good way to deal with your car if it starts to overheat while you’re on the road and there’s nowhere to safely pull over: turn on the heater. That sounds like the last thing that you want to do while driving in the hot Utah sun, but if you crank the interior temperature, you’ll allow the engine to vent some of that excess heat. So if your engine starts to overheat and you absolutely have to deal with it now, crank the heat, roll the windows down, grab a bottle of water and keep an eye out for a safe place to pull off the road.

If you take good care of your car, then you shouldn’t have too much of a problem with your car overheating. Just keep it tuned up, keep the fluids topped off and don’t put off getting it checked out if you do have issues with overheating. Contact Ace Auto today for a free engine repair estimate.

How to Top Off Your Car’s Air Conditioning System

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It’s summertime and the living should be easy. That is, if the air conditioning in your car is working properly. Before you get hot and bothered by an A/C that isn’t keeping you cool, take time to go over a few basic steps. There are some parts you can check yourself to see if you can get it going again.

Buying a Recharge Kit

At the first sign of a unit that’s not functioning properly, go to your auto supply store and pick up an A/C Recharge Kit. Open the kit and read through the directions. Follow them carefully and see if the kit will solve the problems you are having. It is possible that by recharging your air conditioning it will start blowing cool air again.

Checking the Pressure Sensor

Another place you want to look is in the pressure sensor. Check your unit and try to locate the low pressure sensor to make sure that it is working as it should be. You can check the current pressure using a special gauge. If you see that the pressure is low, fill it using the recharge kit. Follow the instructions carefully so you are sure to fill it to the correct pressure. Once you start filling it, stop every 10-15 seconds so you can take another reading using the pressure gauge. This will give you the current level. Keep starting, stopping and checking until the gauge shows that you have reached the correct level of pressure.

Analyzing the Compressor Clutch

Check that your air conditioning unit’s compressor clutch is engaging. However, there are several things that can go wrong with this part of the unit. Depending on the problem, repairs can range from inexpensive to replacing the whole compressor clutch. For instance, if it is not engaging properly or if it is making a noise, there can be many causes and it is not always easy to pinpoint the exact reason. An example of these problems could be a clogged condenser, a faulty condenser fan, pressure that is too high or even an overcharge. In any of these instances, it is important to evaluate the entire air conditioning system to know which pieces need to be replaced.

Filling the AC Compressor

Once you’ve determined your compressor clutch is functioning, and your pressure is low, attach the recharge kit to the low pressure sensor and begin filling, checking the pressure gauge every 5-10 seconds. Once the pressure reaches ‘normal’ levels, go take a seat in your car and see if it’s blowing cool air again. If it is, then you’re done!

When to Get Help from a Professional

After trying to evaluate and fix the problems you are experiencing with your car’s AC, go ahead and turn it on and see if you have fixed it. If it is now blowing cold air, you did it! Get in and enjoy! However, if the unit is still not blowing cold air, it is time to take it to a specialist. Contact Ace Auto Repair today for a Free A/C repair estimate.