My car is overheating! Now What?
Be sure to watch your car’s temperature gauge, especially when you’re going up steep grades. If it’s starts running hot or flashes a temperature warning it may help to turn on your car’s heater. Blast that heater on high, that might just help you bypass your car from overheating. If this does not work, safely pull over to the side of the road.
Once you have pulled over safely, check the antifreeze level and add more if necessary. If you are unclear where it goes, or how much to add – check your service manual.
If that doesn’t work either, you can try checking to make sure the overflow hose that carries antifreeze from the radiator is in place and not clogged or blocked with anything.
If you’re still having problems, it’s best to get to a service station, either by driving carefully there or calling a town truck.
Q. Are there any emissions control devices on my car that I can remove or disable to improve the economy and performance of my car?
A: No. Okay, back in the early days (‘60s and ‘70s) of emissions control devices, you might have been able to improve drivability by unhooking an emissions-control vacuum line or taking the belt off of the air injection pump. Not anymore. The emissions system is completely integrated with the engine management system. If you try to tinker with it you’ll just make the CHECK ENGINE light come on, likely reduce your fuel economy and increase emissions, and make it impossible to pass an annual DMV inspection.
Keep it cool.
Don’t overheat during your road trip – make sure the AC in your vehicle is working properly.
Frequent fogging of your windshield and warm, instead of cool, airflow are just two signs that something is not working properly. Stop into your local GM Service provider and have them take a look at the AC in your vehicle to make sure it is performing at top speed.
Unnecessary exterior objects (such as unused rooftop carriers or bike racks) can increase the aerodynamic drag of your car and increase fuel consumption by 5%. With gas prices on the rise, we can all use a little extra cash in our pockets, so remember to removed rooftop carriers when not in use.
Remove Junk In Your Trunk
Just 45 kg (100 lb.) of extra weight inside your vehicle consumes up to 2% more fuel, so take unnecessary items out of your trunk.
Listen to your vehicle.
Long trips often include frequent stops. Make sure you’re prepared by having your brakes checked. If your vehicle pulls to the side, or starts making weird sounds when you stop or slow down, it may be time to replace your brakes.
Rub out a stubborn stain with a damp cloth moistened with club soda or glass cleaner. If this does not work you may want to pick up one of our great GM sample cleaning kits available at Lindsay Buick/GMC. It’s a good idea to do a spot test to ensure that the colour of the fabric or carpet doesn’t come out when you try to remove a stain.
Snow on your Car
If you live in a snow belt, don’t let snow on your car pile up. Peaks of snow increase drag and decrease gas mileage. Also, don’t let snow pile up in the bed of your pickup. It can cause an obstruction of your view and the view of other drivers.
Take care of your windshield
Make sure your vehicle has antifreeze rated for the coldest weather. It’s also a smart idea to replace your windshield wipers every year before winter begins or purchase winter rated windshield wipers.