Is It Hot Enough For You?

14 07 2010

Dale BertramHow many times do you hear that phrase in the course of the summer?  If you are like me, you probably hear it way too much.  Yes…the phrase gets old and yes…it always gets hot enough for me.  We hear it on the news and read about it in various publications…the importance of taking care of ourselves on hot days.  We are told to drink lots of water to keep hydrated, especially when exercising or doing physical labor. We are encouraged to do whatever it takes to keep from having heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Take a moment and think about your car…it gets hot too!  We often take for granted just how hard it does work for us in all kinds of weather. When you see a car sitting on the side of the road with steam rising from the hood that is an overheated vehicle!

This condition can be caused by a faulty radiator cap that can’t hold its pressure properly, causing the coolant to boil.  A thermostat failure can also be the culprit as well as a leaky radiator, hose, or water pump. There are other factors that could cause the problem as well.

Ideally, preventive maintenance will keep this from happening to your car.  If you have been a little tardy lately in bringing your car in for service, here is some sound advice to keep your hard earned dollars in your wallet when that warning light comes on signaling that your engine is overheating!

Get to the side of the road quickly and safely.  Turn off your radio and lights and air conditioner and turn your heater on to high while keeping the engine idling.  This actually helps cool your car’s engine.  Hopefully this will cause the warning light to go off in just a few minutes so you can safely drive to a repair shop…one that is close by. 

If your car is already steaming under the hood shut off the engine immediately and call for a tow truck. You can only hope the damage is minimal. That is why I am always preaching the importance of preventive maintenance…it keeps these disasters from occurring.  When you have your car serviced regularly it is inspected in order to prevent problems before they occur. Paying for a $100 hose repair, for example, is far better than paying for a $3,000 plus engine replacement!

If you have put off vehicle service because you have been too busy, or have been neglecting your vehicle’s maintenance to save a few dollars now, please don’t let it cost you a great deal of money in the near future.  Remember the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Your automotive expert is here to save you time and money!

Happy Motoring!

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