What to do when your car overheats

Most cars overheat in hot weather and with Summer just around the corner, we thought we’d give you some tips.
The first thing you must do is turn off your air conditioner and roll down the window. Hopefully, that will cool down the engine.  If not, to the chagrin of the driver and passengers, you want to turn the heater and the blower on so it lightens the load on the engine. Try not to ride your brakes but crawl your vehicle through traffic.

If your car is still overheating, pull over and open your hood. Don’t open your radiator cap until the car has completely cooled down. Then, open it and add water. The main reasons that cars overheat are:

  1. The cooling system has a leak
  2. Water and coolant in the radiator are low
  3. The thermostat is broken or malfunctioning

Top Ten Car Care Tips

Top 10 Car Care Tips

  1. Clean the inside and outside of your car at least once a month.
  2. Get your oil changed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles using a reliable brand.
  3. Check your tire pressure once per month and rotate your tires every 7,500 miles.
  4. Get your brake pads checked at every oil change.
  5. Make sure you adjust your mirrors before you start your car.
  6. Take good care of the interior of your car to keep the resale value high.
  7. Change any bad headlights right away.
  8. Store your car properly if you aren’t going to drive it for a while.
  9. Change your air filter once a year.
  10. Preventative maintenance every 30,000 miles, or 3 years.

These tips are common sense, but we tend to forget about them from time to time.  These serve as a good reminder.  From all of us at Genuine Car Care, please drive safely and take the time to care for your most important investment, your car.


tire rotation

Squeaky Brakes

Most everyone has experienced starting their car in the morning and driving off only to hit their brakes and hear a squeaky noise. More often than not, this is caused by rain or condensation that collects on the rotor and causes a thin layer of rust. Once the car is driven for a while, the rust wears off and the sound goes away.

Another reason for squeaky brakes is inferior brake pads that contain a lot of metal. When you purchase brake pads, make sure you ask your mechanic what type of brake pads he is installing. It’s definitely worth your investment to purchase high-quality brake pads that contain less metal.

Thinning brake pads also cause squeaks,  which are consistent and don’t stop making noise. The squeaks get worse over time. In the Austin area, our brakes tend to wear out quicker since we drive up and down hills and stop and go traffic.

It’s a good idea to get your brakes checked more often than you think. At Genuine Automotive & Diesel, we offer complimentary brake checks when we service your car.


  • Oil Change/Maintenance
  • Suspension Repair
  • Transmission Repair
  • Air Conditioning Repair
  • Engine Repair
  • Diagnostics

Free Services

  • Concierge Service
  • AC Check
  • Tire Rotation w/ Oil Change
  • Brake Check
  • Engine Check
  • 2 Year or 24,000 Mile Warranty
  • Lifetime Warranty on Selected Parts