Summertime weather is finally here in the Pacific Northwest. The steadily climbing heat and relentless sun can cause overheating in cars—both under the hood and for the vehicle’s passengers. Here’s a list of tips to ensure both you and your car continue running at cool, optimal levels.


Under the Hood

Check Your Coolant Fluid

Not surprisingly, coolant fluid flows through your car’s engine and keeps it cool. If your vehicle doesn’t have the proper level of coolant fluid, it could be prone to overheating. Make sure that it’s not leaking, as that’s a surefire way to find yourself on the side of road with a steaming engine.


Inspect the Radiator Fan Belt

The radiator fan belt, or serpentine belt, is a long, zigzagging belt that keeps your alternator, power steering pump, and air conditioning running efficiently. One of the easiest ways to spot problems with a radiator fan belt is to simply look at the condition of the belt. Arm yourself with a flashlight and keep an eye out for fraying or cracking. If you see two or more cracks per inch, it’s time to replace the belt.


Investigate The Radiator

A smoothly operating radiator can make all the difference in keeping your car’s engine at the right temperature. If your vehicle has over 50,000 miles, we recommend bringing it to Rolf’s Import Auto for an inspection and radiator flush. The flush will remove excess grease and filth to help cool the engine and allow it to run more effectively.


In the Vehicle

Get Your Air Conditioner Ready

Sure, this one may seem obvious. But it’s easy to forget how a properly operating A/C should work. If it takes several minutes for the air to turn cold (or it doesn’t turn cold at all), bring it in to Rolf’s for a thorough inspection. There’s no need to suffer in the heat!


Seek Out the Shade

Think ahead. Are you parking all day at work? Where will the shade hit in the afternoon? Always try to park in a shaded spot or in an area that will have shade later in the day. Your future self will thank you for it!


Purchase a Sunshade

You might be surprised how much these UV-blocking covers can help keep your car’s heat bearable.


Take a Break from Leather  

Leather is beautiful to look at… but not so great to sit on in the summer. Keep towels in your car to cover the leather and protect your legs.


Bring your car to Rolf’s Import Auto to ensure your engine stays cool all summer long. After all, a cool car won’t just make summer more enjoyable—it may even make it safer.