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Coolant (continued)

I’ve since learned a few more things about putting coolant into one’s vehicle. There seems to be differing opinions about where the coolant should go. Some say it should go directly into the radiator, although if you car is overheating, or if you’ve been driving it recently you must not, and I repeat, must not try to open the radiator cap at that point in time, for it will be extremely hot and you don’t want to get burned.

In fact it’s probably a good idea to have a cloth of some type available when opening the cap, to be on the safe side, just in case it’s still warm even after sitting for a bit.

So, if your vehicle appears to be overheating, or if the heater isn’t working in the winter or the air in the summer,  it may be a bit low with the antifreeze/coolant. Another way to take care of that would be to open the reservoir and pour the diluted coolant inside. It should be diluted 50/50 and many times it can be purchased diluted already. There is a line on the side which is the highest level the coolant should be.

Our mechanic says the coolant can be poured directly into the reservoir, possibly  to ensure that the owner doesn’t get burned from the radiator still being too hot.

If you find that there is no liquid in the reservoir even after you’ve filled it recently, then there has to be a leak somewhere. It could be in the radiator, the water pump and maybe other areas I’m not familiar with. It could also mean there’s a problem with other parts that help the coolant circulate.

If you do have a problem with the vehicle producing heat or air or overheating and have filled either the radiator, when cooled (and this may take putting coolant in, waiting while it bubbles and drains in, then filling some more, until you can it no longer drains down, but stays at the brim), or the reservoir, if recently driven, it would behoove you to check the reservoir more often to make sure the problem is fixed.

Don’t assume, once it’s filled, that the problem is over, or if you’re driving a lot or long distance, you may ruin the engine if you’re not prepared.

Our mechanic told my daughter to bring it in so they could see where there might be a leak. I thought they were talking about a leak in the reservoir. Communication is always very important. If you’re not sure if you understand something, it’s best to ask for more information.

Come to find out, after her car began to overheat again-it did take over a week for the coolant to leak out-she has a leak in the water pump.

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Car Maintenance-gas levels

Something I learned this year is that it’s best to always keep one quarter tank of gas in your car. This helps keep the fuel pump from burning up. Keeping your tank 1/4 full minimum means that the gas in the tank helps keep the fuel pump cool in the summer and keeps it warm in the winter.

Once I heard this I began to tell others what I found out. A friend of mine’s husband knows a lot about cars and has taught her the same thing in the past.

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Car maintenance

There has been several things I’ve learned through the years mostly from mechanics-my own or that of my family-things we should be doing to help our vehicles last longer.

My nineteen year old daughter has learned that when the engine light goes on, the owner should get that checked out right away.

When the light is on, your mechanic can put a computer onto a specific place on your car (I don’t happen to know where that is) and the computer will specify what is wrong with the car.

One thing we have learned is that if the light is on for a while and off for a while, there is no point in taking it in if the light is off, for the computer will not read what is wrong-for it can’t-until the light is on again. Depending on what the problem might be, it could be days before the light goes on again.

Why is it that it goes on, or something goes wrong with the vehicles when there is not much time to get it fixed, or the money is tight? It doesn’t seem to have problems when you take a day off to get the car worked on.

Currently we have a situation going on with our car where the light has been on for months, but what needs to be fixed is a speed sensor and it isn’t causing any problems yet. The problem is there are other things affecting the car and it’s hard to tell whether it’s something that would show up on the computer since the engine light is on already.

I’m about ready to say let’s just fix the sensor, the only thing is that it’s not affecting the car adversely yet and it could cost between one hundred and three hundred dollars depending on how easily the wiring comes out of the steering column. Also we need to do something with our muffler which is getting louder every week, don’t need a ticket for something like that.

So when the engine light goes on, make an appointment as quickly as you can with your mechanic. If at all possible drive the car right over to their shop so they can check to see what the problem is; from there is can be determined whether it should be fixed immediately or not.

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