When was the last time you had your car’s cooling system checked?

The hot summer season is upon us. As the temperature increases, our engines are working harder to stay cool.

According to Bluestar, a typical vehicle with a four-cylinder engine cruising down the highway at 55 miles per hour will produce nearly 5,000 controlled explosions per minute inside the engine as the spark plugs ignite the air and fuel mixture in each of the cylinders. These explosions produce an extreme amount of heat and will destroy an engine in a matter of minutes if not controlled. The engine’s cooling system is designed to control and regulate these high temperatures.

Should the system break down, damage typically occurs to heads and head gaskets which is a very expensive repair. It’s a good idea to have the radiator and the cooling system inspected every 12 months or 12,000 miles. In general you want to have your cooling system in for service every 30,000 miles but check with your car’s service manual to be sure.

Driving a car that is well maintained will save you money, relieve anxiety and add confidence to your rideshare driving day!

Tomorrow: What are the cost savings on an electric vehicle as a rideshare driver?

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