Keeping your truck from overheating is one of the great obstacles of the summer. Really, it is the main obstacle. In the winter you have to contend with so much: Snow, wind, probably a dead car battery, brakes, and all sorts of other possibilities. The summer is merciful in that it has just one opponent.
But this opponent is a worthy one. It is a challenge, but not insurmountable, and Dry Fork Diesel and Auto knows how to guide you through it. The first step is acknowledging that overheating can happen to anyone. No matter how new or well taken care-of your truck is, it can overheat. Keeping it cool is a skill.
Consolidate Your Maintenance
This is a beneficial thing to do no matter what time of year it is, but it is an easier habit to build in the summer. The goal here is to know what the heat will effect and to check up on that at regular intervals.
This can be done with the aid of a mechanic, but if you want to do it alone that can work too. Just be ready to learn your truck inside and out. The big things you want to check are your serpentine belt, your coolant, and your fuel line. Heat can wear away at these three fast, and these are the chief culprits in overheating.
The thing that causes trucks to overheat the most is not any one of them failing, but all three of them wearing away simultaneously. Even if they are performing, but doing so sub-optimally, the combined stress of the heat on top of their sub-optimal performance can cause the engine to overheat, or even catch fire.
Therefore, these three components should be taken care of together.
Blast the Heat When you Start Your Truck
This is some strange advice, as it sounds like a good way to heat your truck up. The thing is, when you first get into your truck after it has been parked for a while, it is going to be hot no matter what. That makes it the perfect time to employ this trick. It does not take more than one minute, and it involves blasting your heater.
What you have to remember is that your truck derives the heat in its heater from the engine itself. That means that by blowing heat onto you, the engine is losing some heat. So, by turning on the heater for a little bit when your truck starts up, you can vent a lot of the residual heat that built up when it was sitting in the sun.
As mentioned earlier, this does not have to be done constantly. You can get into the truck, blast the heat until a count of ten, then immediately switch it to the coolest cold your air conditioning can muster. This is just a good way to help your truck manage the heat that it has built up.
And helping your truck is really the goal here, since your truck helps you so much. Take care of it, and it will take care of you. So stay cool, drive safe, and have a good summer.