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Too Hot to Handle (Vehicle Overheating)

Posted September 29, 2019 11:45 AM

In the hot weather, seeing steam coming from the engine compartment is something we all dread.  No one wants that to happen to them. But if you know the signs of overheating and how to deal with it, you may be able to reduce the risk of damage to your vehicle, maybe even prevent getting stranded on the road.

Besides the steam coming out of the engine compartment, here are a few signs of overheating.  Your vehicle has a heat gauge that may have a needle that can go into a red zone or up to the "H" (for High) position.  You may smell odors, perhaps a burning (could be hot oil) or a sweet smell (engine coolant leaking). 

When you encounter any of those signs, you know you have to do something to keep the engine as cool as possible to avoid potentially catastrophic damage.  Turn off the air conditioning and turn up the heat.  While that last part may sound odd, it helps draw heat out of the engine. 

If you can do it safely, pull off the road to a spot away from traffic.  Turn off the engine so it can cool down for a few minutes.  You may want to call for help at this point, then switch on the key to "accessory" position to see if the engine has cooled down to the normal range.  You may have to have your car towed to a service facility or, if there's one nearby, you may be able to slowly drive to it.  But keep your eye on the heat gauge and immediately stop if it starts to overheat again. 

The best hedge against engine overheating is regular maintenance.  When the cooling system and other engine components are working like they should, your chances of an overheated engine are drastically reduced.  Your service facility will keep their eyes open for leaking hoses, cracked belts, rusted pipes and other things so they don't fail at the most inopportune time.

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    Just had my oil change and a much-needed window repair before monsoon season hits. I have an older vehicle and I like that Danny and AnnMarie take a wholistic approach at caring for my car--they try to watch for possible issues and let me know what might be coming up. They are also mindful about determining the cause behind any needed repairs (if it is not something attributed to basic wear over time) so that we don't end up repairing the same issue over and over.


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    I trust the people who work at Arizona Auto and Radiator. A few years ago, they sold a car for us. They told us they expected to sell it for $4,000; we thought that would be a good price to get for the car. They sold it for $5,000 and gave us the extra $1,000. We would never have known that they sold it for a higher price and would have been happy to receive the $4,000 originally estimated. I don't think that level of honesty is common in many businesses.


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    Major RAVE for Dustin and Danny at AZ Auto on Bartow. My 14 y/o vehicle had been ignored and abused for some time. Danny is a great diagnostician, Dustin worked with me on some of the maintenance issues it had. Nobody ever spoke down to me because I am a female (They did not know I was a Veteran Army mechanic). Nobody tried to oversell. My car drives like new. Very impressed.

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