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An overheating engine can cause a long list of problems and will require an urgent engine service. Sometimes you may not even know if your engine is overheating. Today we will discuss how to tell if your car engine is overheating.

What exactly is an overheating engine? Engines naturally get hot but your car has a few features that maintain the temperature and cool it down. The easiest way to know whether or not your engine is overheating is to locate the indicator on the dashboard that tells you. Located near to the speedometer there should be a meter that will show you the temperature of your vehicle. The needle should be pointing towards the cold side when you first start your vehicle. During the time that you drive your car, you will notice that the meter will move. This means that your car is heating up. If you find that the meter goes beyond the middle of hot and cold then your engine may be overheating. The cooling system should keep the meter right between hot and cold.

Wondering how to tell if your car engine is overheating? Call Big Lake Automotive & schedule an engine service now so no more damage can occur to your engine.
08
Jan
2018

An overheating engine can cause a long list of problems and will require an urgent engine service. Sometimes you may not even know if your engine is overheating. Today we will discuss how to tell if your car engine is overheating.

What exactly is an overheating engine? Engines naturally get hot but your car has a few features that maintain the temperature and cool it down. The easiest way to know whether or not your engine is overheating is to locate the indicator on the dashboard that tells you. Located near to the speedometer there should be a meter that will show you the temperature of your vehicle. The needle should be pointing towards the cold side when you first start your vehicle. During the time that you drive your car, you will notice that the meter will move. This means that your car is heating up. If you find that the meter goes beyond the middle of hot and cold then your engine may be overheating. The cooling system should keep the meter right between hot and cold.

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Is Cold Weather the Death of your Car Battery?

Freezing temperatures can be the death of your car battery. Dead or dying batteries are always the biggest reasons for the surge in roadside assistance calls during a cold snap. When temperatures plummet, automotive failures skyrocket. Calls for battery jump starts and assistance with frozen locks are the top ranked reasons for calls to AAA. In frigid weather like this, weak car batteries are the first to go, so it's worth having your battery checked, and if you’ve postponed a car battery replacement, now is the time to take care of it.

According to AAA's Automotive Research Center, at 32°F, a car battery loses about 35 percent of its charge, and at 0°F, it loses about 60 percent. Starting an engine in cold temperatures can take twice as much current as needed under normal conditions. It is advisable to have your battery tested, as well as your starting and charging systems prior to the deep cold of winter.

Even though that heat actually causes more damage to batteries than cold weather, starting a vehicle in cold weather puts more strain on it. The cumulative impact of various factors over time allows cold weather to ultimately end the useful life of a battery.

wondering why do car batteries fail in cold weather? Visit us at big lake car shop & get your car battery replacement done before going on your winter trip
20
Dec
2017

Is Cold Weather the Death of your Car Battery?

Freezing temperatures can be the death of your car battery. Dead or dying batteries are always the biggest reasons for the surge in roadside assistance calls during a cold snap. When temperatures plummet, automotive failures skyrocket. Calls for battery jump starts and assistance with frozen locks are the top ranked reasons for calls to AAA. In frigid weather like this, weak car batteries are the first to go, so it's worth having your battery checked, and if you’ve postponed a car battery replacement, now is the time to take care of it.

According to AAA's Automotive Research Center, at 32°F, a car battery loses about 35 percent of its charge, and at 0°F, it loses about 60 percent. Starting an engine in cold temperatures can take twice as much current as needed under normal conditions. It is advisable to have your battery tested, as well as your starting and charging systems prior to the deep cold of winter.

Even though that heat actually causes more damage to batteries than cold weather, starting a vehicle in cold weather puts more strain on it. The cumulative impact of various factors over time allows cold weather to ultimately end the useful life of a battery.

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Winter is here and that means snow, ice and cold weather, which can all prove to be quite a hurdle to leap over for vehicle owners. Harsh winter conditions make it difficult enough to drive on the road so taking a few steps now will help save you from a potentially devastating situation later.

Here are a few things you can do to get your car ready for winter driving:

One of the most important things to do is to make sure all of the fluids in your vehicle are checked or, even better, changed out to be at peak efficiency for the cold temperatures. The oil in your engine is especially important, it not only lubricates all of the moving parts in your engine but it also absorbs heat so ensuring you have the best oil for the winter is very important.

The next thing is your cooling and heating system. It is good to check or change out your filters, especially after a summer of driving. The cooling system is always important, just because it is cold outside does not stop your engine from getting very hot.

To Find out how to get your car ready for winter, contact Car Repair Experts at Big Lake Automotive to find out more about car service & to schedule an appointment
06
Dec
2017

Winter is here and that means snow, ice and cold weather, which can all prove to be quite a hurdle to leap over for vehicle owners. Harsh winter conditions make it difficult enough to drive on the road so taking a few steps now will help save you from a potentially devastating situation later.

Here are a few things you can do to get your car ready for winter driving:

One of the most important things to do is to make sure all of the fluids in your vehicle are checked or, even better, changed out to be at peak efficiency for the cold temperatures. The oil in your engine is especially important, it not only lubricates all of the moving parts in your engine but it also absorbs heat so ensuring you have the best oil for the winter is very important.

The next thing is your cooling and heating system. It is good to check or change out your filters, especially after a summer of driving. The cooling system is always important, just because it is cold outside does not stop your engine from getting very hot.

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