Have a Handle on Vehicle Overheating

February 28th, 2017 by

Overheating Engine

At Gene Messer Volkswagen, we believe in having a high knowledge of vehicles and basic information about any situation. That includes if your vehicle were to overheat. Now, proper care and maintenance usually prevents this from happening, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, so we’ve put together a guide on vehicles overheating that we’d like to share.

How Do You Know Your Car is Overheating?

  • The check engine light comes on
  • The temperature gauge rises above the normal levels
  • You have reduced power
  • You smell a funny odor coming from your car
  • You see steam coming from under the hood

What Causes Your Car to Overheat?

  • You might have low coolant levels
  • There might be a coolant leak
  • You have a bad water pump in your vehicle
  • There’s an issue with the thermostat

What Do You Do When Your Car Overheats?

  • Make sure to pull over to a safe space on the road if you’re experiencing any of the signs of overheating and turn the engine and air conditioning off
  • Open the hood to allow the engine to cool, but don’t touch it because it will be hot
  • Contact our service center and schedule service for your vehicle

How Can I Prevent Overheating?

  • Always make sure your coolant levels are topped off when necessary during auto service
  • Check your hoses in your vehicle for leaks and cracks

You can learn more when you schedule a service appointment with us here in Lubbock as we’d be happy to answer any questions and set up a time to work on your vehicle today.

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