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Auto Shop Tips: What to Do When Your Car Overheats

August 8, 2016

 

Auto shop tips on overheating can help protect your vehicle from permanent and expensive damages. Read Terry’s Auto Service and Towing Blog to learn more.

 

Six auto shop tips that will help prevent your car from overheating.

 

You may have noticed that this year’s summer has generously provided us with a lot of heat and sweat. In fact, it has been so hot that local weather providers have issued several heat index warnings within the past couple of months. With these extreme temperatures, there is one major concern for your vehicle: the possibility of overheating. However, here are a few auto shop tips on what to do if your car overheats.

 

Regular Maintenance of Your Vehicle

 

It is important to take your vehicle to an auto shop regularly for maintenance. This will be a sure-fire way to prevent any issues with your vehicle, especially overheating concerns. Most individuals need routine maintenance about every 3,000 miles. However, it is wise to check your owner’s manual for a more accurate time frame.

 

Be Prepared with Coolant

 

When your vehicle overheats, it is likely due to low amounts of coolant or antifreeze. It is recommended to carry a bottle of coolant in your vehicle just in case you get into a situation where you are running low. If you are not sure how to administer the coolant, you should contact your local auto shop for assistance.

 

Pay Attention to Your Temperature Gauge

 

Know where your temperature gauge is located and make sure to check it regularly. When the gauge gets close to the red line or the letter “H” your car may be overheating.

 

Turn Off the Air Conditioner

 

If you notice that your car is near the red line or the letter “H” on the temperature gauge, turn off your air conditioner. The air condition actually uses a lot of energy that causes your vehicle to heat up even more. Oddly enough, it is recommended to turn on the heater instead because the heater will make the coolant or antifreeze colder, which in turn cools down the engine. However, this will cause you and the inside of your vehicle to suffer from excess heat.

  

Turn Off the Engine

 

If you are in doubt or if none of these tips work, turn off the engine immediately. If you allow your vehicle to overheat, it can result in permanent and expensive damage.

 

Contact a Reliable Auto Shop   

 

Once these steps have been taken, you need to contact a local auto shop to assist with towing, prevention, maintenance and/or repairs. However, finding a reliable auto shop can be difficult.

 

Terry’s Auto Service and Towing is a local full service auto repair company located in Springfield, MO. We provide excellent customer service that will go beyond your expectations. If you are looking for an auto shop that is fast, friendly, reliable, and is always there for you, contact Terry’s Auto Service and Towing today.  

 

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