Common Volkswagen Maintenance Services: Overheating Engine Service | Carter VW in Ballard
When all is right in your Seattle world, the only thing steaming hot is your fresh cup of coffee. But when your engine is smoking or steaming, that's seriously bad news. Luckily, we can help you avoid serious engine damage with the information on this page.
Did you know that, when an engine in a modern car is overheating, it's very likely to damage itself? Overheating can cause metal parts to warp and even crack from stress. It can also cause vital gaskets to fail, causing your engine to spring dangerous leaks.
My Engine is Overheating — What do I Do Next?
If the temperature gauge in your car starts creeping into the red, or if a temperature warning light illuminates in your car, we strongly recommend parking the car as soon as it's safe to do so. The longer the engine operates, the more likely it is to suffer major damage.
Once your vehicle has had some time to cool down, you can try driving it again, being careful to pull over if the engine continues to overheat. As you do this, you can try putting the cabin heater on full blast. This will pull excess heat away from the engine. Sadly, you'll now have to deal with all that heat in the cabin — but it just might give you enough time to reach our service center safely for repairs. It's cheaper to get sweat stains out of your shirt than replace your Volkswagen head gasket!
Other warning signs of engine overheating problems include a smell of burning oil or rubber, thumping and clicking noises coming from the engine bay, a hood that's too warm to touch and coolant leaks on the ground underneath the vehicle.
How to Book a Service Appointment at Carter Volkswagen
You can schedule your service appointment right here on our website. Or, if you have questions before you arrive, give us a call at the phone number on the bottom of this page. We look forward to meeting you! If time is of the essence, feel free to stop in today without an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome at our service center, conveniently located at 5202 Leary Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107.
The Carter Advantage Sets us Apart from the Rest
With hassle-free loaner cars, free vehicle inspections, regular shuttle service, complimentary Wi-Fi and courtesy settings personalization, you'll get more during every maintenance visit at Carter Volkswagen. We call it the Carter Advantage. It's our dedication to earning your business through friendly, knowledgeable service and a comfortable, connected waiting area. Best of all, you can rest easy knowing your Volkswagen is being cared for by the experts. It's why we think the Carter VW service department is an even better value than neighborhood mechanics and national service chains.