Read Our Primer on Vehicle Overheating

February 28th, 2017 by

Check Engine Light

One thing you never want to experience is an overheated vehicle. With proper care of your vehicle, the chances of it happening are low, but, it’s always best to know why it might happen, what’s causing it, and what to do when it happens, along with how to prevent it. That’s why at Team Gillman Mazda, we’ve broken it down, in a figurative sense, for you.

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

Our service center here in Houston would be happy to help you should you encounter any vehicle issue so feel free to stop in and see us today, or schedule an appointment online.

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