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Niterra, owner of the NGK and NTK brands, lists 4 actions to protect the vehicle from high temperatures

17 Jan 2024
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Checking the injection and cooling systems, up-to-date maintenance and taking care of the internal heat are initiatives that contribute to the proper functioning of the car on days of record heat

São Paulo, January 2024 – Faced with a scenario with a heat forecast above the historical average in Brazil, Niterra, a Japanese multinational that owns the NGK and NTK brands and specializes in components for ignition systems and automotive sensors, highlights four essential precautions to ensure the proper functioning of the vehicle during the summer:

1- Verification of the injection system: The hot climate directly influences the performance of the engines, requiring an adaptation of the injection system. The MAP sensor with attached air temperature sensor performs the essential function of identifying and adjusting these changes. This device is responsible for monitoring the temperature of the air entering the engine, ensuring efficient operation and avoiding damage;

2 – Cooling system check: we must always be attentive to the operation of the engine cooling system, checking the fluid level, possible leaks and components such as the thermostatic valve, electric fan, water pump and temperature sensor (CTS). If there are any problems, a trusted mechanic should be consulted for proper diagnosis and repair;

3- General maintenance of the vehicle: Keeping your vehicle up to date with your vehicle is one of the main ways to protect your car from extreme heat. Symptoms such as an increase in the temperature level indicated on the dashboard, illumination of the temperature light or injection light, and abnormal engine noises are warning signs. In these cases, a trusted mechanic should be consulted for proper diagnosis and repair;

4- Vehicle internal heat protection: Avoiding parking in direct sunlight and being cautious with objects left inside the car, such as spray deodorants, aerosols, lighters, and cell phone batteries, are recommended attitudes, since the strong heating of the vehicle's interior can lead to accidents. Taking precautions when stopping the car in areas not exposed to direct sunlight helps to avoid possible damage to the paintwork.

"Modern automobiles have several technologies designed to preserve engine performance in various situations, such as on days of intense heat, but many of them are not widely disseminated due to their technical nature. However, even with protection features, it is necessary to pay attention to any irregularity in the operation of the engine and, in case of doubt, seek the guidance of a specialist", says Hiromori Mori, Technical Assistance consultant at Niterra.

CTS & MAP Sensors

In addition to following the guidance of a trusted mechanic, drivers rely on the Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor (CTS) and Intake Manifold Absolute Pressure Sensor (MAP) as additional features to protect the engine from the effects of heat.

"Both components have the responsibility of communicating the coolant temperature to the engine management system, which results in the activation of the radiator electric fan and the execution of injection adjustments, especially at the ignition point," Mori explains. "These actions are key to preventing engine damage."

Niterra's NTK brand offers the aftermarket MAP and CTS sensors, which are part of a complete line also composed of fuel level, ABS, rotation, speed, TPS (throttle position) and oxygen sensors.

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