We’ve all seen cars on the side of the road with the hood up and steam pouring from the engine compartment. What should you do if it’s your vehicle that’s overheating? Follow these tips to keep damage to a minimum until you can bring your car in for repairs at Greenwood Chevrolet in Fort Meade, Florida.
Turn on the Heat
It might be tempting to turn on the air conditioning, but turning on the heating system will cool your vehicle’s engine faster.
Get off the Road
Don’t drive your car when it is overheating because this could cause serious engine damage. Pull off the road in a safe place, put on your flashers, and turn off the engine.
Open the Hood
After your car is safely parked, carefully open the hood. This allows heat to escape and there can be steam, so step back quickly. Do not open the radiator cap at this time.
Look for Leaks
Once the engine has cooled down, look for any leaks or holes in the radiator hose. Carefully remove the radiator cap and check the coolant level. Add coolant if it is low. If you don’t have coolant, water will do until you can get your car to a garage.
Here at Greenwood Chevrolet, our service department is here to help, so be sure to give us a call for overheating or any other car problems you encounter this summer and beyond.
Things are heating up here in Ft. Meade, Florida — and that means you’ll soon be running your car’s air conditioning system at full blast. But if your car’s climate control system isn’t smelling as fresh as you’d like, you’re not resigned to masking the stink with air fresheners or driving with the windows down. Here’s a look at some common causes of stale-smelling AC.
If your car’s AC smells more like an old gym bag or dirty locker room, you’ve probably got a grimy cabin air filter on your hands. Over time, these filters can pick up dust and bacteria, so do yourself a favor by swapping it out for a fresh one.
However, if it’s more a musty basement scent that you’re dealing with, it could point to a few potential issues. There could be mold on the inside of your car’s air vents, or it could indicate a malfunctioning drain tube leaking moisture into your cabin. To figure out which one you’re dealing with, check your car’s floor and footwells for moisture. If it’s damp, it’s probably a leaky drainage system. It’s also a good idea to clean the backs of your car’s air vents, while you’re tidying up.
Noxious chemical odors point to a refrigerant leak in your car’s climate control system. Sweet, syrupy smells, on the other hand, indicate that your vehicle has a damaged heater core, so have that checked out by the experts at Greenwood Chevrolet at your earliest convenience.
Need help pinpointing — or fixing — a problem with your car’s climate control system? Schedule an appointment with our factory-trained technicians at the Greenwood Chevrolet service center in Ft. Meade, Florida.
If you have access to a garage, it’s the best long-term place to store a vehicle. However, if you don’t have a garage, consider renting a storage unit. As a last resort, get a car cover to keep the exterior in good shape.
If you are going to be leaving the vehicle for a year or more, make sure it’s in good condition first. Give it a good wash and wax to protect the finish. Have the oil changed and fill the gas tank to prevent toxins and oxidation from damaging internal parts.
Take it for a Spin
If a car is not driven regularly, the battery will lose charge. Regular short runs keep the engine in good order and prevent the tires from developing flat spots. If this is not possible, take the tires off. Also, avoid using the parking brake when a car is in storage because the pads could fuse to the rotors.
Put up a No Vacancy Sign
Mice, squirrels and other small creatures love to make nests in vehicles that don’t move very often. Plug up the exhaust pipe and air intake with steel wool to discourage entry, and arrange mothballs or cotton balls or swabs that have been soaked in peppermint oil around the perimeter of the car to keep intruders out.
Need more help with vehicle care? Contact us at Greenwood Chevrolet.