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Do you get a little hot under the collar when your car overheats? Well, it is the season – hot temperatures, long traffic jams on the way to the cottage, air conditioners cranked up. But all these things put extra pressure on your car, which can lead to overheating. How can you and your car keep cool?
The signs of a car overheating are fairly obvious – you’ll see the temperature gauge rising, a temperature warning light flashing, or steam billowing out from under the hood. There are a few things you can do to keep your cool and avoid costly repairs on your vehicle.
• We know it’s hot, but turn off your car’s air conditioner.
• To drain heat from the engine, turn on the heater full blast.
• Pull over (into the shade if possible) and turn off the car.
• Raise the hood to cool off the engine – but don’t do this you see steam coming out under it.
• After 30 minutes, check to see if your coolant level is normal and add if needed. If you add water or coolant, see if any leaks on the ground as you pour it.
• For interior leaks, see if there’s any wetness on the carpet.
• Call for roadside assistance.
[Source: Consumer Reports]
Toyota is recalling 10,750 Corolla and Matrix models due to fault accessory belts, which drive the air conditioner, alternator and water pump.
The defect is only present in models with the 1.8L four-cylinder which were assembled in North America between February and March of 2010. The belt is at risk of deteriorating, which could lead to the engine overheating. Toyota will service the vehicles at no charge, and the repair should only take half an hour. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail this month.