PJ Johnson
Mansfield, OH
CALL (800) 558-4921
Allons Synthetics' Blog
Just because the hot weather is coming doesn’t mean that you need to leave your car in the garage to avoid an overheated engine!

When the weather starts to heat up, your car becomes more than just a point A to point B vehicle, and instead becomes your savior, taking your family on a great weekend road trip or even your friends for a day at the beach. However, for many motorists, these enjoyable trips can often involve an overheated engine. If you are worried about your engine overheating while driving in hot weather or it’s happened before and you would like to avoid it happening again, Allons Synthetics has prepared some great tips which can help you to both prevent an overheated engine and manage one.

Avoid Traffic

Nobody likes to get stuck in traffic at the best of times, let alone when it’s hot out and your temperature gauge begins to climb. This just leads to a stressful driver and unhappy passengers. And while it may sound easier said than done, there is a way to prevent traffic when driving on a hot day:
  • Check your routes online before heading out to identify any places where you are likely to become stopped in traffic, such as congestion, an accident, or road works. Even if this means an extra 10 minutes of smooth driving, it is better than 45 minutes on the side of the road waiting for your engine to cool down.
  • Use online weather tools to help you identify when the sun is at its hottest and when the temperatures are expected to drip. Once you have this information, consider your errands-list and look for instances where you can move much of your driving to cooler times.

Use Your Gauge

Despite what the majority of motorists believe, the temperature gauge isn’t a sign of what is going to happen. In reality, it’s a great warning sign which tells you what could happen if you don’t heed its warning. Next time that your gauge is rising and traffic has been stopped for a while, consider these points:
  • Look ahead to identify if traffic will start moving again shortly.
  • Can you see any spaces to safely pull over if your engine overheats ahead?
If you can’t see either of these, then it’s a good idea to pull over now safely when you can, and not waiting until your engine becomes too hot and you are stuck blocking an entire lane of traffic. Click here to buy Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil and help keep your engine temperature low during hot weather with a synthetic oil change. To find out more about the benefits of a synthetic oil change or to place an order, speak with a friendly expert at Allons Synthetics by calling (800) 558-4921 or check out the online store.

Choose the Windows

While you might not like this tip, it’s the one which could save you the most trouble and hassle. Instead of utilizing your air conditioner each time that the weather starts to heat up, lower your windows, including the rear ones, and allow the natural breeze to cool your passengers and push out stale and hot air. Each time that you flip the air conditioner switch, a separate motor is called into action which draws its power from your engine, which is already struggling to keep your vehicle moving in the heat. As you can imagine, this causes your actual engine to become hotter faster, meaning a much greater chance of overheating.

What to Do?

If you do become stuck looking at steam pouring from your engine, it’s important to remember that, apart from safely pulling over and waiting for your engine to cool down, there isn’t anything you can do. That’s it - just pull over and wait. However, there are some items you shouldn’t do, such as:
  • Don’t immediately reach for the radiator cap. The cap and the radiator will be too hot to touch if you can see steam, to wait and use your visual cues to determine when the radiator is cool enough to be touched. Not only can the radiator and cap cause burns, but if you remove the cap too early, hot and pressurized water can splash out.
  • One the radiator cap has been safely removed,  resist the urge to refill the radiator with cold water and coolant. If you pour cold water into the radiator when it is too hot, then it can cause the radiator to crack.

Keeping Your Car Cool with a Synthetic Oil Change in Mansfield

In addition to these great tips, regular maintenance such as checking your fluid levels and a regular synthetic oil change can go a long way to helping your engine perform during hot weather and reducing the chance of it overheating. To find out more or to place an order, speak with a professional today at Allons Synthetics by calling (800) 558-4921.

 (800) 558-4921

120 Straub Road West
Mansfield, OH 
United States

Synthetic Oil in Mansfield, Ohio

© AMSOIL INC. 2021  |