Tuesday, July 10, 2012

You Think It's Hot? Your Car Does Too

This has been a really hot summer so far, with temperatures that can pose problems to the health of humans and their cars. Specifically, engines can overheat when vehicles are in traffic jams or when they're being taxed by having to climb steep upgrades.  To lessen the possibility of overheating, follow a few simple steps:

- Periodically check and replenish your engine coolant level, making sure it's at the full line.

- Watch the temperature gauge on your dashboard. If it goes beyond the midpoint or if notice steam arising from under the hood, pull over immediately. Driving an overheating vehicle can cause serious engine damage. 

- After pulling over, call your roadside assistance service to have the car towed to a service station.

- If you check the engine, wait until the vehicle has completely cooled before opening the hood.
- Add coolant if the vehicle's container indicates that it is not full. If you don't have coolant, you can use water in an emergency. 

- If the temperature gauge indicates the car has cooled, you may resume driving, but keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't overheat again.

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