Over the past 10 years, two very important changes have taken place in the automotive industry:
1) Aluminum Engine Blocks, 2) Plastic Cooling System Parts.
Here is what we are seeing (all too often): something in the cooling system fails (usually the expansion tank and/or the radiator) and all of the engine coolant leaks out in a matter of seconds. The driver (hopefully) notices the steam, sees the temperature gauge, or hears the warning chime but keeps on driving (!) anyway because he or she is “close” to their destination. THIS IS A VERY EXPENSIVE MISTAKE!!
Severe damage to your engine can result! If you ever experience a situation like this, pull over and turn off the engine as soon as you safely can. After you are parked, open the hood to allow the engine to cool off and call a tow truck. DO NOT wait for it to cool down and start driving again or try to add coolant or water and attempt to drive. Exposure to overheating can very quickly cause serious engine damage. The pattern of failure seems to be anytime after 60,000 miles. If you have the miles and we have not mentioned a cooling system update, please ask us to check the system on your next visit. You’ll save money & inconvenience.