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What to Do If Your Car Starts to Overheat

This is a very serious problem – if your car overheats for too long, you can damage your engine.

As soon as possible, find a safe place to pull off the road and shut off the engine! Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator as it can burn you.

The best thing to do is have your car towed to a repair shop.

At Chuckie's Service Center, we want you to feel prepared in case this should ever happen to you.

With this in mind, here are our responses to frequently asked questions and advice on what to do if your car starts to overheat.

What if I'm seeing milky brown engine oil and what causes it?

Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (other gasket), a failed transmission cooler or cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a professional technician quickly.

What is synthetic motor oil?

Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines, vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather) or vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates. 

Synthetic motor oils, though several times more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes. They also provide instant lubrication on start-up.

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