If you see steam coming out of your engine or your car starts running hot, it’s time to get your car to the Madison auto care pros at one of Madison Auto Care’s seven NAPA service centers as quickly as possible.
You were headed home with the younger kids after Feed the Animals this morning when your car started running hot. You managed to make it the block or so to your home but you’re not sure if you should call to have your car towed for help or if you can simply ignore the warning light.
This is one time you can’t ignore the warning light. As the NAPA know-how blog says, “There are some parts of a vehicle that, when failing, do not need to be immediately replaced. A water pump is not one of those parts. Due to the vital role the pump plays in cooling the engine, if it stops working, there will be fast consequences including possible all-out engine failure.”
It's wise, NAPA says, to make sure you know the warning signs of a failing water pump. One of the two prime indicators is a car that runs hot. The other is steam coming from under the hood.
“Once the pump has failed, your engine will overheat. If you haven’t noticed other signs of impending failure, take note of this one. If the ‘Low Coolant’ light comes on, add coolant ASAP and check for a major leak. If the temperature gauge rises above normal or a temperature warning light comes on, pull over and call a tow truck,” NAPA says.
NAPA adds, “If you see smoke or steam coming from your radiator or under the hood generally, your engine is too hot and has probably already suffered a lot of damage. Pull over immediately and call for help.”
If you decide to poke around the engine, NAPA warns: “Wait for the engine to cool off before poking around, as you’re dealing with scalding-hot coolant and potentially other unexpected dangers.”
If you’re caught in a situation in which you need fast help from a reliable Madison auto care and auto repair pro, simply call one of Madison Auto Care’s seven conveniently located NAPA service centers: Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto.
Madison Auto Care’s experts can help you with that.
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