Texas Car Runs Hot
courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man
I live in central Texas and recently my engine started running a little warmer than normal. I've replaced the thermostat and radiator cap, but it still runs a little over the middle of the gauge. It doesn't look like I'm losing water, and if I turn on the heater, it will go down. Any ideas?
Check to make sure that the radiator is free and clear of any debris... Leaves, bugs, even birds have been found smooshed into radiators. Also check to make sure that the fan is spinning. You failed to mention what type of car, but if it is an electric fan, make sure that it turns on. If mechanical, check the thermostatic clutch for proper operation.
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
Have a car care question? Visit our automotive center and see if we've already answered it or a similar question.
Also in Home
- 7 ways to save on carpet cleaning
- DIY pool maintenance
- How to use the home loan comparison calculator
- Saving money with home maintenance Video
- Easy oven cleaning without harsh chemicals
- Get rid of roaches safely
- 6 cheap, effective home security solutions
- 5 simple and affordable luxuries for your home
- 5 frugal ways to expand your living space
- Top 10 DIY mistakes made by home 'handymen'
- How spring cleaning can save you money
- 4 secrets to budgeting for a home purchase
- Find the best mortgage rates in your area
- 3 ways to use a mortgage calculator
- Mortgage calculator: Calculate your payment and more
- Home equity calculator: HELOC vs. line of credit
- Mortgage refinance break-even calculator
- How much money can I borrow for a mortgage?
- Who offers the most home insurance discounts?