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07/07/2016

Keep Your Engine Cool This Summer

An overheating engine can happen during any season, but this issue tends to be more common during the hot summer months. While it may not sound like a huge deal, allowing your engine to overheat can cause serious damages to your engine. To help you find out more about this and how to prevent your engine from overheating, Ossinger's NW Enterprises in Bellevue has prepared this post.

Why is an Overheating Engine Bad News?

Typically, your car's cooling system works hard to make sure your engine runs at the proper operating temperature without heating up too much. Coolant or antifreeze run through the cooling system helping to remove excess heat and keep the engine cool. When there is a problem in the cooling system, this doesn't happen, leaving your engine vulnerable to extremely hot conditions under the hood. If your engine is running too hot, it can be damaged or even ruined. Always keep an eye on your temperature gauge in order to ensure your car is operating at a decent temperature. If your coolant light turns on, don't ignore it! Ignoring it can lead to costly damage to your cooling system and engine.

Causes of an Overheating  Engine

An overheating engine can be caused by a number of circumstances. These include:
  • Leaks in the cooling system
  • Using the wrong coolant or coolant mix
  • Issues with the thermostat
  • Worn or leaking hoses
  • A broken radiator fan
  • A malfunctioning radiator
  • Broken or loose belts
To ensure your engine is properly protected all summer long, give it the proper maintenance with a full synthetic oil change in BellevueContact Ossinger's NW Enterprises in Bellevue to find the best synthetic oil for your engine. Give us a call at (206) 713- 1045 for the best synthetic oil deals and specials around. Our products don't stop at synthetic oil, check out our full range of AMSOIL products in our online shop.

What to Do if Your Engine is Overheating?

If you notice your engine is overheating while out driving, don't ignore the warnings! Take action right away to prevent your engine from being damaged. Follow these tips to keep your vehicle safe:
  1. If you car starts to overheat while you're driving, pull over as soon as possible and turn off your engine. If you're stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, avoid riding your brake and do your best to pull onto the side of the road as soon as possible. As you wait to pull over, open your windows and run the heater. This will help alleviate the heat trapped under your hood.
  2. Once you've pulled over safely, open your car's hood and leave it propped open. This will help release the excess heat under the hood and allow your vehicle to cool down quicker. While your vehicle is still hot, avoid touching anything under the hood. Do not open the radiator cap while it's still hot. Because of the hot conditions, pressure can build up under the cap and cause it to blow off, burning you with steam or liquids.
  3. Once your car is cool, proceed to open the radiator and fill the coolant reservoir with fresh coolant. Be sure it's the right type of coolant for your vehicle and be sure to fill it up with the correct amount. If you don't have any coolant on hand, using distilled water in desperate situations can work. Once you get ahold of some coolant, drain the water from your reservoir and replace it with coolant.
  4. Keep in mind that cars don't just happen to overheat. If your car has overheated, you will need to get it checked out to see what the problem is. As mentioned earlier, there are a number of reasons why a car may overheat, most of them relating to issues in the cooling system. One of the most common causes is leaks or cracks in the cooling system hoses. Keep in mind that your radiator cap can also cause issues when it comes to overheating. A cap the no longer closes tight won't be able to maintain the right pressure in your cooling system and will allow your coolant to evaporate quicker.
  5. Once you've taken care of the issue, be sure to keep an eye on your vehicle's temperature gauge while driving. This will help you detect future issues before they have a chance to cause damage. Remember that if your coolant keeps running low, this is an indicator that you have a leak that needs to be taken care of.
  6. Lastly, be prepared for future issues by always carrying coolant in your vehicle. While this can help get you out of an emergency situation, do make sure to get your vehicle checked and get the problem fixed.

Synthetic Oil Change in Bellevue

Find the best AMSOIL products for all of your engines by contacting Ossinger's NW Enterprises in Bellevue. We can help you understand the benefits of synthetic oil vs. conventional oil. Give us a call at (206) 713- 1045 to learn more or to place an order.
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