So you just bought a brand new RAM 1500 truck from a local RAM truck dealer like Junction Autos, and you’re loving it. The truck runs flawlessly, and you are excited to use it to its full potential. Now flash forward a few years, when the truck has put in a lot of work, and you begin to notice some wear and tear.
While no vehicle runs in pristine condition forever, there are certain things you can do to ensure yours lasts longer than expected. Checking and regularly maintaining your coolant system for your new RAM truck is one of them.
What does the coolant system do for your RAM truck?
Your coolant system does exactly what the name suggests, it cools your system or in this case your engine components.
As your RAM truck engine revs up and runs overtime, the engine components get incredibly hot. The coolant system takes the heat that’s generated and transfers out of the vehicle through the radiator.
Needless to say, without a working coolant system, your vehicle will overheat very quickly and possibly damage its engine components.
So how to tell when your coolant system needs maintenance?
As with most engine, your dashboard (generally, the instrument cluster) will often warn you when something is wrong by lighting up. Other tell-tale signs are irregular noises and smells; however, in the case of the coolant system, the number one sign is your dashboard’s temperature gauge.
You know your vehicle is beginning to overheat when the temperature gauge starts to tick upwards towards the red “danger zone”, and that’s usually an indication that you need to have work done on your coolant system.
The dealership from which you bought your vehicle from will usually offer some sort of two or three-year service plan, one that you should take if you can to help make sure problems involving overheating are addressed before they become serious.
Even without a warranty, you must take it upon yourself to stay on top of your vehicle maintenance.