Car Overheating Troubleshooting

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The summer weather brings lots of sun and fun and heat! For many people in the Pacific Northwest, it’s the perfect time to get out of the house and explore. But the last thing you want to do while chasing your next summer adventure is to have a car that overheats.

That can put a real damper on your summer fun. Here are some tips and tricks that can mitigate the chances of overheating your engine.

Keep your car parked in the shade
Humans can feel the temperature difference between the sun and shade, and your car can too! Park your car in the shade as often as possible to help prolong the life of the vehicle. Window tinting helps, and when the shade is not available, a sunshade can help keep things cooler and protect your interior from sun damage.

Watch the temperature gauge
Your temperature gauge should always be pointed toward the center. If you notice that it’s pointing toward hot, pull over immediately and turn off the car to let the engine cool. You may even consider opening the hood to let some of the heat out. This isn’t a long-term solution but will help until you can get to a repair shop.

Keep engine coolant at the proper levels
Regularly check the coolant level in your vehicle and ensure that it’s kept at the recommended level. This is especially important in the summer months. It’s important to note that if your engine is hot, you should never remove the radiator cap and add coolant to it. Wait for the engine to cool down before adding new coolant.

Have a mechanic flush the cooling system
At your next appointment with your mechanic, ask if your vehicle needs the cooling system flushed. This involves draining old coolant from the radiator, cleaning it with flush fluid, then adding new coolant. It might be a good idea to have them check for a coolant leak or restricted coolant flow, too.

Check the battery
How old is your car battery? If it’s more than three years old, it might not be providing the power that your car needs. That means the car is working harder than necessary and it could overheat. Have your mechanic check the battery to see if it needs to be replaced.

In the event you find yourself on the side of the road with an engine that’s overheated, our professionals at Chappelle’s Towing can help! We will get your car towed to your auto repair mechanic as soon as possible and get you on your way.

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