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Why is Your Car Too Hot?

Why is Your Car Too Hot?

  As the summer months come to an end, a warm car might not seem like a problem. But what do you do if it gets a little too hot? Here are 5 reasons why your car may be overheating that we can help you with at Honest Wrenches.   Failed serpentine belt     Your serpentine belt powers multiple essential systems, like your cooling system. A failed belt means that your water pump isn’t getting power, so your engine won’t be receiving any coolant.   Blown head gasket     Your head gasket is another vital part of your engine and system. A blown gasket could mean that coolant is entering your engine, where it either burns off or leaks out. As the coolant escapes the system, your engine can overheat.      Failed thermostat     Just like the thermostat in your home, your vehicle’s thermostat controls the temperature in your car’s cooling system, regulating the amount of coolant being circulat ... read more

5 Reasons Why Your Car is Overheating

5 Reasons Why Your Car is Overheating

5 Reasons Why Your Car is Overheating   No one wants to see a dreaded warning light flashing or the temperature gauge rising off the charts, but when you’re on the road and the alarm bells are ringing (literally and metaphorically) what do you do? The first thing you’ll want to do is turn your heat and fan on high and roll down your windows to help dissipate heat through the car’s heater core. Next, quickly find a safe place to pull over and shut the vehicle off right away. In these instances when your car is overheating, it is not recommended to open your hood immediately, in case of burst or broken equipment that could expose you to hot engine coolant and cause injury. Once you’re pulled off safely, you’ll want to call your trusted automotive repair shop, Honest Wrenches.    So what could have caused this overheating? There are many reasons, 5 of which we’ll dive into today to help you understand what’s happening with your ... read more

Troubleshooting an Overheating Car: What Can You Do

Troubleshooting an Overheating Car: What Can You Do

Troubleshooting an Overheating Car: What Can You Do   Last Thursday, we talked about high temperatures–not just the sweltering summer weather, but high temperatures in your vehicle causing it to overheat. We’re rounding out our 10 reasons for an overheated engine with our final 5 this week.    Failed serpentine belt     Your serpentine belt powers multiple essential systems, like your cooling system. A failed belt means that your water pump isn’t getting power, so your engine won’t be receiving any coolant.   Blown head gasket     Your head gasket is another vital part of your engine and system. A blown gasket could mean that coolant is entering your engine, where it either burns off or leaks out. As the coolant escapes the system, your engine can overheat.      Failed thermostat     Just like the thermostat in your home, your vehicle’s thermostat controls the temperatu ... read more

Coolant System Servicing

Coolant System Servicing

Coolant System Servicing   On Tuesday, we went over how often to service your car’s coolant. But how does that service work?   Can I just drain it and refill it?   Draining and filling the cooling system is only going to drain the radiator in most cases, which only contains approximately 50% of the system's fluid. The best way to change your engine coolant is to use a machine that will hook directly into the vehicle’s cooling system line and allow you to operate the vehicle with the system hooked up. When you follow this, it gives you the ability to add a ‘cooling system cleaner’ such as ‘BG Cooling System Cleaner Kit’ into the system. Then, get the vehicle up to operating temperature so the thermostat opens and the cleaner gets throughout the system to do its job. Now you’ll be able to transfer the old coolant from the system and replace it with new coolant using the machine. You’ll want to flush double the capac ... read more

How Often Should I Change My Engine Coolant?

How Often Should I Change My Engine Coolant?

How Often Should I Change My Engine Coolant? Coolant plays an important role in the function of your vehicle. Its primary purpose is to transfer heat to prevent damage to your engine, whether through freezing or overheating.  Most owners manuals will tell you to change your engine coolant around 150,000 miles. If you look further into your service manual to 180,000 miles, it will tell you you’ll need to service your coolant again, even though you just did it 30,000 miles ago. Why, according to your owner’s manual, should you wait to change your coolant for the first 150,000 miles, but then have to change it every 30,000 miles thereafter?      Most mechanics will recommend you actually check your coolant before the manual recommends. Vehicle manufacturers often compete in the market of “lowest cost of maintenance” in the first 100,000-150,000 miles of their products. It seems every year, a manufacturer finds a way to stretch that out a ... read more

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