Express Car Care Question: I was driving down the freeway in Denver and smoke started coming out of my car. I pulled over and called my husband. I had to be towed to my mechanic. He said my car had overheated. What can I do to prevent this from happening in the future?
Express Car Care Answer: It sounds like you had a rough experience. Unfortunately, overheating is the most common engine problem in Denver. It’s also one of the simplest to prevent.
The basic idea is this: you need to keep enough coolant/antifreeze flowing through your vehicle’s engine to keep it cool. Problems come up for drivers when they develop leaks in their cooling systems – like in the radiator or a hose – and the coolant leaks out. Sometimes the coolant gets so contaminated that it blocks up the radiator so the coolant can’t get through. Too much of that and you can’t help but end up broken down on the side of the road.
Your owner’s manual recommends a schedule for coolant replacement. That’s because your coolant actually becomes corrosive over time and starts to eat away at the cooling system, causing leaks or blockages. Fluid that was once beneficial to your engine becomes damaging. New coolant puts an end to that process.
Ask your knowledgeable service techs at Express Car Care about inspecting your vehicle cooling system for leaks, spongy hoses and other damage. If it’s time to replace your coolant, hoses or other cooling system parts, have it done right away. Prevention is the key to your cooling system question.