On Your Side: Overheated Auto

By: Ryan Duffy
By: Ryan Duffy

September 1, 2006

These hot days can take their toll on your car.

12 On Your Side's Ryan Duffy shows why when it starts to overheat, every second counts.

In the summertime it's common for cars to overheat.

"The summertime does put a lot of heavy load on the car," certified mechanic Aaron Clements of C&C Automotive tells 12 On Your Side. "Running AC more, running fans on high to keep cool."

When the temperature gauge shows you're overheated, you want to pull over right away. You've already done damage, and driving just a little farther could do a lot more damage.

"Many times people say they only have two blocks to go," Aaron says. "They kept driving while running hot. In some cases that can fry an engine."

And as Aaron knows, that is expensive to repair.

So keep your car cool, starting with checking the coolant.

"If you find that low on a regular basis, I would recommend having that checked for a leak - if you constantly have to add coolant," Aaron says.

Also, check the belts and hoses for cracks, and keep the grille clean and clear.

"Most of the time it will pick up bugs," Aaron says. "It's a good idea to monitor. If you see bugs, clean them off."

"Doing things like that will prevent you from problems on the road," he adds.

Aaron says the typical repairs after a car overheats can cost from a few hundred dollars anywhere up to a few thousand to replace an entire engine.

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