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How to Help Prevent an Automobile Overheat in a Traffic Jam

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If you keep your auto’s maintenance schedule up to date, then chances are you’ll never have any engine trouble. And while that may be a good thing, it doesn’t give you much experience with knowing what to do when things do start to go haywire.

Take for instance a day when you’re either driving to work or driving home from work. And it’s been a tough year, so you haven’t been paying much attention to your auto, and the radiator fluid level is running dangerously low. So, you’re on the road, it’s 100 degrees outside, your AC is doing it’s job but unfortunately some drivers aren’t doing their jobs at paying attention behind the wheel and the inevitable accident happens followed by an undetermined amount of time you’ll be stuck right where you are.

Although you know you shouldn’t run your AC in those conditions, but it’s just too hot. Eventually, the radiator will overheat and start blowing hot steam out from under your hood. What should you do?

First, you really should have turned off that AC, but you didn’t, did you? Hopefully, you were able to notice something was wrong by the smell of burning rubber and radiator fluid seeping into the cab from under the dash. Then you could have prevented a full overheat. Contrary to what you might think, pulling over to the side of the road is not your only option and you may not be able to. Besides, if you did pull over, it would take quite some time for a 400-degree radiator to cool to a comfortable 100 degrees.

The best course of action would be to shut off the AC whether you like it or not. Otherwise you will be standing outside on hot pavement soon. Open all the windows and turn your heater on it’s hottest setting, and the fans as high as possible and aim them toward the open windows.

Sounds crazy doesn’t it, but consider in the winter time when you use your auto’s heater. Where do you suppose the heat comes from? That’s right--something overheating under the hood. That something is usually radiator fluid running from the radiator through all parts of the engine not unlike your body’s circulatory system. But instead of carrying oxygen to all parts of the body, the cool radiator fluid is pumped from the radiator (i.e. reservoir) through the channels in the engine block absorbing heat from the engine, and boils on it’s return trip to the radiator where it will be forced through much smaller, thinner, channels to release the heat. As the fluid passes through the radiator, the radiator fan blows outside ambient air across the channels and it absorbs the heat from the radiator fluid boiling inside.

The air also blows across the engine to help cool it a little, and even though the air is hot, it’s still much cooler than the engine itself. That hot air warms you in the winter, and is your ticket home today. Keep it moving over the engine. Keep the fan blowing by keeping the heat on high. You will see an almost instant improvement by the engine’s temperature gauge slowly dropping. Power off all unnecessary electrical devices because they put a burden on the engine. Stay a good distance from the hot exhaust emitting from the car ahead of you, and drive to the nearest service station.

Some of you might wonder why not just pull over and phone AAA. Well, frankly they can be a big help, but they have to get to you, through the traffic cluster while you stand on the highway watching tomorrow’s ride to work have a total melt-down. By the time anyone gets to you, the damage will have been done.
I hope this helps someone in some small way.
Randy

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what services does Kia Sportage 2008 with 90000 need?


Here is recommended maintenance up to 10 1/2 yrs. If you follow through list, you should be able to tell by elimination what you may need. Here is the link - also list pasted below, here:

http://www.kia-forums.com/2g-2006-2010-rio-rio5/35574-maintenance-schedule.html


SUGGESTED Maintenance Schedule:

Months Kilometres Maintenance Type

4 months 6 000 km Maintenance #1
8 months 16 000 km Maintenance #2
12 months 24 000 km Maintenance #1
16 months 32 000 km Maintenance #3
20 months 40 000 km Maintenance #1
24 months 48 000 km Maintenance #2
28 months 56 000 km Maintenance #1
32 months 64 000 km Maintenance #3
36 months 72 000 km Maintenance #1
40 months 80 000 km Maintenance #2
44 months 88 000 km Maintenance #1
48 months 96 000 km Maintenance #3
52 months 104 000 km Maintenance #1
56 months 112 000 km Maintenance #2
60 months 120 000 km Maintenance #1
64 months 128 000 km Maintenance #3
68 months 136 000 km Maintenance #1
72 months 144 000 km Maintenance #2
76 months 152 000 km Maintenance #1
80 months 160 000 km Maintenance #3
84 months 168 000 km Maintenance #1
88 months 176 000 km Maintenance #2
92 months 184 000 km Maintenance #1
96 months 192 000 km Maintenance #3
100 months 200 000 km Maintenance #1
104 months 208 000 km Maintenance #2
108 months 216 000 km Maintenance #1
112 months 224 000 km Maintenance #3
116 months 232 000 km Maintenance #1
120 months 240 000 km Maintenance #2
124 months 248 000 km Maintenance #1
128 months 256 000 km Maintenance #3


MAINTENANCE #1

MAINTENANCE #1 INCLUDES:

Replace engine oil and filter
Check fluid levels (pwr. strg., brake/clutch, coolant, washer)
Check tire condition and pressure (including spare)
Check exterior & interior lights for proper operation
Check windshield washer/wiper function
Check horn function
Check handbrake function/freeplay
Lubricate all latches, hinges and locks

* = if equipped
See "Model-Specific Maintenance"


MAINTENANCE #2

MAINTENANCE #2 INCLUDES:

Replace engine oil and filter
Check fluid levels (pwr. strg., brake/clutch, coolant, washer)
Check tire condition and pressure (including spare)
Check exterior & interior lights for proper operation
Check windshield washer/wiper function
Check horn function
Check handbrake function/freeplay
Lubricate all latches, hinges and locks
Check engine coolant specific gravity
Check engine air filter; knock out dirt/bugs, replace as req'd
Remove wheels and brake drums, check pad/shoe thickness; inspect calipers, cylinders and shoes for proper function, leaks or damage; adjust rear brakes as required.
Rotate tires
Visually check underbody fasteners for condition & integrity
Check brake/clutch pedal freeplay
Check steering wheel components for proper operation
Check CV boots/tie rods/ball joint boots (visual inspection)
Check all seat belts and anchor integrity
Check exhaust sys. for leaks, mountings, brackets; heat shield
Check transfer case oil level & condition, fill as required
Check front & rear differential fluid, fill as required*
Check man. transaxle oil level & condition, fill as required*
Check auto transaxle fluid level & condition, fill as required*
Lubricate driveshaft u-joints (early Sportage only)
Road test vehicle

* = if equipped
See "Model-Specific Maintenance"


MAINTENANCE #3

MAINTENANCE #3 INCLUDES:

Replace engine oil and filter
Check fluid levels (pwr. strg., brake/clutch, coolant, washer)
Check tire condition and pressure (including spare)
Check exterior & interior lights for proper operation
Check windshield washer/wiper function
Check horn function
Check handbrake function/freeplay
Lubricate all latches, hinges and locks
Check coolant specific gravity
Check engine air filter; knock out dirt/bugs, replace as req'd
Inspect, deglaze, clean, adjust & lubricate brake components
Rotate tires
Visually check underbody fasteners for condition & integrity
Check brake/clutch pedal freeplay
Check steering wheel components for proper operation
Check CV boots/tie rods/ball joint boots (visual inspection)
Check all seat belts and anchor integrity
Check exhaust sys. for leaks, mountings, brackets; heat shield
Check transfer case oil level & condition, fill as required*
Check front & rear differential fluid, fill as required*
Check man. transaxle oil level & condition, fill as required*
Check auto transaxle fluid level & condition, fill as required*
Check idle speed
Inspect power steering lines & hoses (visual)
Check A/C compressor operation and performance*
Check brake line fittings, bleeder screws, booster for damage, looseness, leaks
Road test vehicle

* = if equipped
See "Model-Specific Maintenance"


KIA MODEL-SPECIFIC MAINTENANCE

In addition to the KIA Basic Scheduled Maintenance, certain KIA Models will require the following maintenance services:

ALL MODELS

(Every 36,000 km or 18 months)

Manual transaxle service (except Sportage)
Automatic transaxle service (except Magentis)
Check drive belt condition & tension
Inspect front ball joints

ALL MODELS
(Every 48,000 km or 24 months)
Replace engine coolant
Replace engine air filter
Inspect fuel lines & connections
Inspect ignition wires
Replace spark plugs (except Platinum)

ALL MODELS
(Every 60,000 km or 30 months)
Replace brake/clutch fluid
Inspect EVAP canister & vapour lines

ALL MODELS
(Every 72,000 km or 36 months)
Replace fuel filter
Inspect PVC system/hoses for integrity

ALL MODELS
(Every 96,000 km or 48 months)
Replace spark plugs (Platinum)

ALL MODELS
(Every 102,000 km)
Replace timing belt

SPECTRA
(Every 12,000 km or 6 months)
Replace HVAC air quality filter (if equipped)

MAGENTIS
(Every 12,000 km or 6 months)
Replace HVAC air quality filter (if equipped)

(Every 60,000 km or 30 months)
Automatic transaxle service

SPORTAGE
(Every 36,000 km or 18 months)
Transfer case, differential & manual transaxle service
Transfer case & differential service (auto. trans. model)

SORENTO
(Every 36,000 km or 18 months)
Transfer case & differential service

Jul 16, 2014 | Kia Sportage Cars & Trucks

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HAVE LOST THE MANUAL OF MY TOYOTA 4RUNNER 1998 MODEL. I NEED A MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE THAT I MAY FOLLOW IN OTHER TO KEEP PROPER CHECK ON MY CAR. PLEASE HELP WITH A SCHEDULE TO FOLLOW - ESPECIALLY FOR PERIODIC SERVICING..


Call or stop by any dealer, they'll be more than happy to photo copy one for you. You might invest in a Haynes or Clymers manual available from Amazon.com or any good parts store

Jan 04, 2011 | 1998 Toyota 4Runner

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what is 100,000 mile check


The vehicle is 22 years old.
Iam supprised, it is still on the road

Do you not have a preventative maintenance schedule
for all your vehicles?

Is that schedule not the same, for any make and model,
regardless of any manufactures recommendations,
which are stupid in the first place.?

Not to be sarcastic,but if you ask that type of question
I have to ask. What knowledge do you have about vehicles?

There is no set in stone,or federal law that required you to do
any specific work on you vehicles. They are mechanical devices
that need lots of attention,of coarse.

Write down all you know,and have ever done,and get to work

Everyone needs a log book and keep it up to date.

Dec 01, 2010 | 1988 Ford Bronco

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my maintenance required sign is on. why is that?


You car's computer determined that your car needs to get its regularly scheduled maintenance based on the mileage of your car. You may just need an oil change. Take a look at the oil dipsitck under the hood.

Aug 17, 2010 | 2000 Honda Civic

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