10 Ways to Avoid Overheating Your Truck

Perform Routine Maintenance
A regular inspection of your truck's cooling system may prevent future problems.
A regular inspection of your truck's cooling system may prevent future problems.
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Keeping your truck in proper working order is one of the best ways to avoid having your engine overheat. That makes perfect sense, right? To be honest, if you properly maintain your vehicle from bumper to bumper, you'll prevent a lot more than just engine heat issues. However, since that's the main focus here, what areas or components will require special attention to help you avoid an unwanted rise in engine temperature?

Time for a little review. As we mentioned earlier, it's a good idea to watch for indicators of a problem in the cooling system, such as sudden jumps in normal engine operating temperature or leaks in the system. You should also regularly inspect your truck's coolant hoses for damage or deterioration. It's also a good idea to inspect any clamps that attach the hoses to the radiator and to your engine. Other areas that you'll want to keep an eye on under the hood include the engine belt (or belts, in some cases), the radiator itself, the radiator cap, the overflow container, the cooling fan and your engine's thermostat, just to name a few.

We covered the most common culprits, but anything that causes your truck to suffer a loss of efficiency or decrease in performance can lead to the engine being overworked, so it's important to keep your truck in top shape. You wouldn't want to be forced to leave all your worldly possessions on your trailer on the side of the highway while you went looking for help.

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