Have you ever wondered what that key-floating-in-water symbol on your dash measured? That’s actually a thermometer placed in coolant, and it represents the temperature gauge for your engine. It’s a very important part of your car’s maintenance; it lets you know if your engine is being properly cooled or if it’s too warm.

Most cars operate at a range either right below or above the middle, so be sure to observe the normal range of your engine. The warmer the weather, the more susceptible they are to overheating. So, if that dial happens to go up this summer, you’ll know that something is off. The gauge can go up for many reasons, and some are more serious than others:

  • The thermostat isn’t reading accurately and needs a replacement.
  • There’s a leak causing the coolant in your radiator to slowly drain.
  • The engine is overheating and should not be driven.

The best way to make sure your car isn’t damaged if it starts to overheat is to pull over and open the hood. Wait for your vehicle to cool down and then make an appointment right away to get it checked out. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online at our  St. Louis Park location and we can help you out.