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Helping Your Car Keep Cool In Warmer Weather

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - Whether it’s a vacation road trip or your daily  commute to work, when the temperatures climb higher on the outside, things  are also heating up under the hood of your car.

Fortunately, there are several preventative steps you can take to keep  your engine running cool. Here are some tips that can help to keep you on the  road to safety and convenience.

• Check Your Battery. If you have an older vehicle or you’ve  had your battery for more than three years, you should have it tested. While  it is common to hear of car battery failure during the cold winter months,  heat is just as hard on your battery. Warmer temperatures can evaporate  battery fluid, causing damage to internal plates and speeding up corrosion.

• Top Off Or Change Fluids.  Engine fluids are a key component in keeping your car running during the  summer months. When fluid levels are low, the cooling effect is decreased and  could result in overheating. Check your vehicle fluids including motor oil,  transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid. Refer to your owner’s  manual for recommended fluid type.

• Check Engine Belts And  Hoses For Cracks And Wear. Look for leaks and feel to determine if the  hoses are firm and pliable. Pay special attention to places where hoses are  connected and clamped. Do not attempt to touch any hoses or belts after you  have been driving your vehicle, as they will be hot and could cause burns and  serious injury.

• Cool Your Engine. Your  engine works extra hard during the summer and relies on the cooling system to  protect it from overheating. To keep your cooling system in good working  condition, you should flush your system and replace the coolant as  recommended by the manufacturer. Engine coolant can become contaminated and  its protective additives can lose their effectiveness.

You can also try using a radiator coolant additive, such as Purple Ice by  premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple. Purple Ice is designed  to improve your engine’s performance, help prevent overheating and keep  the system clean. Plus, it’s compatible to use with antifreeze or  straight water.

For more information, visit www.royalpurple.com.