Q & A: Coolant

AutoPro Tech Question:
I was driving on 290 thru Worcester the other day and my car started smoking. I pulled over and called my husband. He got a tow truck coming & had it towed to a garage right off the exit. They told me my Honda had overheated. The whole thing was a huge hassle. Is there anything I could have done to prevent this from happening?

AutoPro Answer:
Overheating is one of the most common mechanical engine issues in Worcester. Luckily, it is one of the easiest to prevent.

Here’s a little background information for Worcester drivers. Your engine needs to operate within a specific temperature range. The flow of coolant, also known as antifreeze, through the engine keeps the temperature within this range. The problem comes when the cooling system develops leaks and the system loses coolant. Since coolant gets more corrosive over time, it can eat through the radiator and cause blockages in the system. Hoses become old and develop leaks over time as well. Without enough coolant, the engine will overheat.

If you drive your vehicle with it overheating, you run the very likely chance of causing extensive engine damage. You will also end up broken down at the side of a Worcester road.

Regular coolant changes are recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Many vehicle manufacturers require it to be changed every 30,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended interval. If you do not have your owner’s manual, AutoPro has all manufacture’s service recommendations and can answer any questions.

Next time you are in for an oil change or other service, just ask us to check your cooling system for leaks, damage, or hoses in poor condition. The qualified technicians at AutoPro will help you avoid breakdowns or other incontinences. Take care of all your vehicle maintenance needs at AutoPro.

 Give us a call today and we will get you right in! 508.757.1297

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