calls most of us out on the roads ó planning a summer vacation,
travelling on the weekend, or just spending your evenings out enjoying the
hot summer nights. Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic will take
their toll on your vehicle. Add the effects of last winter, and you could
be poised for a breakdown. You can lessen the odds of mechanical failure
through periodic maintenance.
car's cooling system is critical to your summer driving, with the primary
job of keeping your engine cool, striving for a constant 75DegC for
carburettor cars, and 95DegC (up to 105) for EFI cars, to protect your
engine against corrosion, provide more efficient fuel combustion, and
maintain proper oil viscosity.
in hot weather, your coolant could reach 120DegC and your car could
overheat. This is why your cooling system needs extra attention in the
summer. 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.
prepare your cooling system for summer, you'll want to check the radiator
for leaks, the tightness and condition of drive belts, be sure all the
connections and clamps are tight, and hoses should be checked to make sure
they are supple with no cracks or leaks. The reservoir level should be
half full and if it is low, add coolant. You know my view on the disasters
anti-freeze can cause, however if you use anti-freeze:
The cooling system
should be completely flushed and refilled every 24 months
to the safety data sheets of industrial chemical manufacturers, chemicals
such as Ethylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol will cause serious health
conditions, including liver and heart damage and damage to the central
nervous system if sufficient is absorbed by the body.
glycol and propylene glycol are clear liquids used in antifreeze and
de-icing solutions. Exposure to excess amounts of ethylene glycol can
damage the kidneys, heart, and nervous system. Eating or drinking very
large amounts of ethylene glycol can result in death, while large amounts
can result in nausea, convulsions, slurred speech, disorientation, and
heart and kidney problems.
over time becomes acidic, causing corrosion to metal parts of the cooling
system, and in fact can turn the whole system into a battery whose anodes
(typically the aluminium parts) are consumed and then causes untold
problems with eating metals away, clogging the engine passageways and
radiator with sludge, reducing the cooling system efficiency and
overheating resulting in engine damage
here we live in an area where the ambient temperature doesnít fall low
enough to warrant an antifreeze solution, so there is no need to add
glycol to our cooling water systems in our cars, and we donít need to
drink it to protect ourselves.
an eye on the temperature gauge on your dashboard. If you see the engine
getting too hot, you can take immediate action by turning on the heater
― this pulls hot water off the engine block. Allow your engine time
to cool down, because overheating can cause permanent damage to the engine