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What to do if your Vehicle is Overheating

Posted May 24, 2018

An overheating engine can be one of the most stressful roadside emergencies a driver will experience. What should you do if your vehicle starts overheating?

Watch for warning signs.
If the temperature gauge starts rising rapidly, pull over. If steam (often looks like smoke) starts coming out from under the hood, pull over. If your engine starts making unusual noises, pull over. If the check engine light comes on, pull over.

Find a safe location.
Pull over as quickly as you can safely. If you are on a busy street, find a safe place to park your vehicle. Stay calm and do not put your family or other drivers in danger.

Wait.
Avoid the impulse to open the hood right away. If the engine has reached a very high temperature, you could burn yourself while opening the hood to look. Instead, wait a few minutes or until the temperature gauge has returned to a cool position.

Check the coolant.
The most common cause of overheating is a low level of coolant. You can test the level of coolant or antifreeze in the radiator. If you’re not sure how to do this, check your owner’s manual or ask our technicians to show you where the coolant reservoir tank is during your next inspection.

Call (248) 668-1200.
Our expert technicians are here to help. Call Kenny’s Lakes Area Auto Experts and we’ll help you to identify the best next steps – whether you can safely drive your vehicle to our auto repair shop in Oakland County or whether you should have your vehicle towed. With a thorough inspection, our team will be able to identify what caused the vehicle overheating so we can get it fixed and keep your family safely on the road!

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Bike Drive

The Shirt Box and Kenny’s Lakes Area Auto Experts are holding a bike drive for Back Alley Bikes at their respective shops NOW thru Saturday, September 22nd, 2018. Both locations have already started accepting donations to take in your used bikes. They are both competing a little…so let’s help them get a ton of bikes that we can then put in the hands of kids all over Detroit.
The Shirt Box (248) 851-6770 is located at 32500 Northwestern Hwy. and will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lakes Area Auto Experts (248) 668-1200 is at 490 North Pontiac Trail and will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accept donations.

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