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when parking in your garage, what do you do to cool the engine compartment, if at all
Related to the summer heat postings I have seen today:
San Antonio temp on Saturday - 108F.
What does everyone do when it is that hot, after driving the car for an extended period? I usually pull in the garage, and run a fan pointed at the front end to help lessen heat soak. Is there a concern for engine wiring baking under the hood when we park the cars - after years of seeing this? Do you guys open the hood and let the heat escape? What about the paint on the hood? - of course we have the hood insulation, but again when we park the cars, no air is flowing...
My concern is long-term. I can only think of an old Volvo which, after years the insulation on some of the wiring harness baked off in the Texas heat...
Much ado about nothing here - or do you all do something to alleviate the heat when parking your hot car in the garage??
On severely hot days, I open the hood when I park in my garage and leave the garage door open also. I have no scientific reason for this - other than I know heat is the enemy of electronics and other components.
I don't think the temp under the hood is increased or any hotter because it's hot outside. It just takes longer for it too cool down. It's blazing hot in my garage without opening the hood. Neither car had been driven when I put this thermometer out there yesterday.
If it has been a long trip and I feel like the whole engine compartment is heat-soaked I will usually raise the hood for 15 to 30 minutes just to let the heat dissapate quicker. On an average trip home from work or back from the store, I will do nothing special as the temperatures are only to the point that the manufacturer has built and tested the vehicle for. As stated above the water temperature (and therefore the engine block, etc...) are going to be around 220 or so it doesn't matter too much what the outside temperature is.
I guess I won't complain about my garage being 85 any more .... But you have a dry heat. Right?
Reminds me of a tee shirt I bought for my son when I was working frequently in Yuma. Two skeletons were riding horses, or maybe donkeys, and the words said "But it's a dry heat". May be, but it's still hot.
Was 115 once when I was in Yuma. The overnight low was 93. Hard to get your breath in the early morning 5% humidity ....
I turn my engine off, get out and go in the house.
The engine really doesn't get all that hot just driving around on a 115 degree day. My car regularly sees 230 coolant and 260 oil temps on long track sessions and when I pull off the track I don't bother opening the hood unless I am going to check the oil.