Summertime Do’s and Don’ts For Your Car or Truck
Waxing your paint, watching for overheating, keeping the fuel tank full, and turning the A/C off in very hot weather will help keep your car happy.

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What Causes a Car to Overheat?
Several problems can make your car overheat. A leaky cooling system, blocked radiator, bad thermostat, or failed water pump are common causes.
How to Keep Your Car Cool in Summer
Summer can be a brutal season for anything that moves. While all it takes for us to cool down is a cold drink and an air conditioner,...
The Top 5 Things That Will Drain Your Battery
It can be hard to figure out what causes a car battery to drain. A dead battery, old battery, or bad alternator can cause battery charging problems.
Summertime Road Trip Checklist
Stay cool on road trips in hot weather by maintaining your car air conditioning, carrying water bottles, and checking road conditions.

Q: How often does my car need power steering, brake, coolant

The timing belt should be replaced at 105,000 miles. The engine coolant and the brake fluid should be exchanged every 45,000 miles. The manual transmission fluid should be changed every 90,000 miles. With regard to power steering fluid, like most...

Q: Check Engine Light comes on in hot weather

Hello. The Check Engine Light will come on any time that the computer sees a problem with the powertrain in the vehicle. In order to know where the issue is coming from I would need to scan the computer for...

Q: When should I change the engine oil? What is the best oil type for winter and summer?

The engine oil used for summer is typically thicker. Thinner oil in the winter allows it to warm up quicker and lubricate sooner. Thicker oil will take longer to warm up and perform its duties. Your vehicle may only want...

Q: Car overheats, usually in the stop and go traffic

The problem may be due to the hydraulic cooling fan not working intermittently. There is a technical bulletin number 1-21-11 that says to replace the cooling fan hydraulic motor, which should correct the overheating problems. Your fan may work but...

Q: Does Running My AC in the Summer Keep My Engine Cooler?

Automotive air conditioning (AC) will cause the engine to run hotter in the summer because it creates more heat in the engine compartment and there will be more strain on the engine to operate the AC compressor. The AC compressor...

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Q: I'm not sure if my problem is the thermostat. I had the coolant checked while having my oil changed and was told that it was full

Hi there. It is possible that the thermostat is malfunctioning, however it's also possible that you have an obstruction of coolant inside the cooling system. Another common source of the issues you're experiencing is a radiator fan that is not...

Q: 2010 Ford F150 I keep getting a code for oxygen sensor about once every 10 days. Does that mean it is on the verge of going bad?

A code to one of the 4 O2 sensors does not always mean the sensor is bad or going bad. It could be another problem with the fuel system or intake system causing the code. You did not give us...

Q: 06 fusion manual transmission. When going constant speed car sputters. If I go over 4K rpm usually doesn't.

Hi there. When you hear the engine sputter, it's typically caused by either a fuel system restriction or an engine misfire. In some cases this can be due to clogged fuel injectors, damaged throttle body or mass air flow sensor...