SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) — Onondaga County has found itself on the National Weather Service’s heat advisory list yet again. Erie Boulevard Valvoline manager, Brian Wilson, says keeping engine temperatures down is key when battling the heat.
“The coolant is the best thing to do. Make sure your coolant is full. If your coolant is low, it could cause your car to overheat.” said Wilson.
He also said that keeping an eye out for red flags is important to all the time because waiting until it is too late can be damaging.
“Because once it overheats sometimes your car will just stop.” said Wilson.
Although it is best to take precautionary steps, if you do feel like your car is starting to heat up, Wilson says there’s a trick you can do to stop it in its tracks.
“One other thing is if your vehicle is over heating the best bet to do is turn the heat on. And that’s going to keep the system trying to fluctuate, rather than keep the coolant in one spot.” said Wilson. “So sometimes just turning heat on, and obviously heat in the summer time is not too comfortable, but put the windows down. It’s going to keep it circulating. So it doesn’t go past its temperature point.”
While Wilson said that other negative effects can come from heated temperatures, but the biggest thing to look for is the coolant.
“The take away from it is make sure the coolant and everything is full. If you’re unsure how to check anything obviously source any type of shop that can check it for you.” said Wilson.