Back on the subject of an overheated engine for your GMC Truck in Canada, we talked about how it could go well. Unfortunately, we also have to tell you what could go really wrong. In the event that you drive with the overheated engine for too long, you can do some serious damage. The most common atrocity of frequent or severe overheating are a blown gasket, a cracked head, or a cracked block. And yes, all of those are as bad as they sound. Respectively, it could end up costing ten grand.
So maybe your mechanic says, “Yeah, we figured out why your car does not move when you put it in drive. The transmission STB.”
Translation? Your tranny did what the pro call “soiled the bed.” So, the good news is that your engine is still running. The bad news is that it isn’t actually attached to your wheels anymore. There are several reasons that a transmission might fail. With more modern cars, it is not uncommon for and electronically controlled automatic transmission to have a software related problem. In this case, you might be looking at $300 to have the computer reprogrammed. However, if your transmission’s internal components have started to disintegrate due to old age, overheating the tranny, or animalistic driving habits, you might have to tap into your home equity to shell out the five grand.
He says, “You have antifreeze blowing out your tailpipe.”
Remember when we mentioned the cracked head, blown head gasket, and cracked block? Well, that’s what we have ere. You should never, ever see antifreeze coming from your tailpipe. You see, your engine’s cooling system is closed, meaning that the coolant just moves in a circle to all of it’s components. It should not ever leave that loop. All of these issue are a result of, your guessed it, overheating. The fix it cost? One to four thousand.