The auto repair specialists at In and Out Tires can help you when your car overheats.
You were headed home after a peaceful kayaking trip at Cape Henlopen when you noticed your car was overheating. You pulled off to the side of the road and cut off the car. You waited awhile before turning it back on. When you did, it was no longer overheating and you made it home with no problems.
You were right to pull over to the side of the road and cut off the car. But, rather than restarting it and limping home, you’d have been better to call for a tow.
Rd.com explains: “Engines can overheat due to a coolant leak, failed radiator fan, clogged radiator, broken drive belt, stuck thermostat, blown hose or a failing water pump. … However, if you ignore the temperature warning light and continue to drive an overheated engine, you can turn a fairly minor cooling system problem into catastrophic engine damage …”
Rd.com adds, “With older cast iron engines, you could sometimes limp home or to the nearest shop by turning your heater on full blast and pausing along the way to let the engine cool down. That method doesn’t work well with modern aluminum engines. Driving an overheated aluminum engine for as little as 5-minutes can result in total head gasket failure. Once the gasket fails, it can leak coolant into the crankcase where it destroys engine bearings, or it can leak into the exhaust where it destroys the catalytic converter. When you finally get your vehicle to a shop, you’ll not only have to fix the underlying cooling system failure, but you’ll also have to repair the head gaskets … and catalytic converter …. If you’re really unlucky, it’ll cost you a whole new engine.”
Do yourself – and your wallet – a favor: call the trusted Millsboro auto repair techs at In and Out Tires for help.
In and Out Tire Pros is a local, family owned auto care and auto repair service center that Bill and Rita Schrider have built into the top, trusted auto repair, auto care, and auto accessories service center in Millsboro. We are dedicated to giving you the very best auto repair and auto care service, with a focus on upfront and honest quotes, timely response to issues, and quality products and parts.
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