Nacogdoches mechanic provides tips to keep your car cool

Mechanic shop owner Rick Christy shows a busted radiator.
Mechanic shop owner Rick Christy shows a busted radiator.

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) –  Under the sweltering sun, is a parking lot full of overheated cars. Mechanic shop owner Rick Christy said he's repairing dozens per week.

"As the weather gets hotter, approaching hundred degree temperatures, I've been seeing a lot more of it, said Christy, owner of The Car Doctor in Nacogdoches.

Christy said the heat can take a serious toll on your car, costing you hundreds of dollars to replace a busted radiator or even thousands for a new engine.

"If you continue to drive the car when it overheats it can do engine damage as it is on this car," said Christy. "We're having to put a motor in this vehicle because they couldn't get off the road quick enough. So, now I'm putting in a new motor that costs $3,000."

A cost that Christy said can be easily avoided by checking your car's fluid levels.

"Cars today either use a red colored coolant or a green colored coolant," he said. "It's very important to put the right kind of coolant in there. You don't want to cross contaminate the coolants because that can cause issues as well."

Since most modern engines are made of aluminum, the heat can warp the engine. Christy said if this happens to you, you need to pull over immediately.

"You do not want to drive your vehicle with it overheating because today's engines don't dissipate heat like the older vehicles and it will do severe engine damage," he said.

DPS said the number of roadside assistance calls generally go up when the heat does.

Christy also said if you know your car is overheating, never remove a hot radiator cap.

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