How To Avoid Overheating Your Truck

By Subodh / February 7, 2015

Despite your best efforts, you may end up stuck in a chaotic jam in middle of the summer driving your truck. The humidity, heat and delay can make you feel irritated and the situation within the hood of the truck can be equally bad, if not worse. Trucks, like other type of vehicles- can be prone to overheating issues. Overheating can wear out the truck engine, and leads to eventual failure. This can result in additional expense and inconvenience, along with the risk of accidents. The good thing is with precaution and proper maintenance; you can evade truck engine overheating.

Below listed are a few effective tips that can help you prevent overheating of a truck engine:

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Get The Engine Checked

Trucks are after all, like other vehicles, just that they are large in size. So, the truck engine is subjected to the same factors that can cause a car engine to get heated beyond safety level. If you suspect your truck engine is getting overheated, it is better if you take the vehicle for a thorough checkup. At times, fitting the engine with enhanced cooling mechanism can be of use.

Keeping A Tab On Temperature Gauge

This sounds so much simple on paper, but a lot of truck owners actually skip this step. Like the fuel gauge and tachometer, the truck dashboard is also equipped with a temperature gauge. You should develop a habit of keeping a tab on the temperature gauge on the dashboard. Under normal situations, the temperature gauge should indicate temperature within a specific range. However, if the temperature keeps exceeding that range after some time, it is time you pay attention to the engine. This happens when the temperature in the engine is exceeding safe limits. By getting the engine checked and getting the root issue resolved, you can spare yourself from troubles later.

Are the Hoses all Right?

Like other car engine, the engine in a truck contains hoses and belts. They can get cracked or worn out over time. An under performing hose can also lead to overheating of the engine. From time to time, pay attention to the hose and belts used in the truck’s engine. Replacing worn out hoses can resolve overheating problems.

Checking For Leaks And Fumes

Every car engine, including that of a truck is cooled by a specific coolant solution. Under the hood, there is a container for the coolant which keeps the temperature under the limit. However, any leak in the coolant chamber can lead to engine overheating in a truck. You need to keep your eyes open for such leaks. If you find puddles of coolant gathering beneath the truck frequently, there is a leak. It reduces the engine’s efficacy to stay cool. It is time to take the truck for a diagnosis and repair. When the coolant is leaking, the truck engine will not get cooled as it should. This can also result in visible fumes emitting by the side of the bonnet.

Is The Coolant Mix All Right?

The coolant is required to keep the truck engine running as desired, but water is also a prerequisite. The truck’s engine is cooled by using a mixture of water and coolant. The proportion needs to be just right or else there will be overheating. You should adhere to the recommendation of manufacturer while making the coolant mixture. It also varies on the region where the vehicle is being used to an extent.

Evade Overloading The Truck As Far As Possible

Every truck has a rated carrying capacity, but some owners seem to forget it! When you stuff the truck with goods exceeding its carrying capacity, the engine is overstressed. The power train is stressed overall and the result is overheating of engine parts. Apart from the heating, it reduces the longevity of the engine gradually.

Stop Towing In Large Amounts

Some trucks are used by their owners both for carrying goods and towing around trailers. Towing a heavily loaded vehicle at the back of the truck eventually takes the toll on the truck engine. If you actually need it, install enhanced cooing setup for the truck engine. Then it will be able to put up with the extra strain and will not get overheated easily.