If you find yourself watching your temperature climb higher toward the dreaded red zone while you are sitting in traffic on a summer day near Jonesville, you and your car may both be close to blowing a gasket!

Rising radiator temperature is a sure a sign something is wrong and that your radiator is likely malfunctioning. Allowing your engine cool and adding coolant (note: this is dangerous if you have not allowed adequate time for the engine to cool) is a temporary measure that can get you home or to a mechanic; however, the longer you run a car with a radiator or water pump requiring repair, the higher the risk of full radiator failure and a costly repair bill. To avoid catastrophic radiator failure, in this article we want to provide some steps for protecting it and your car's cooling system.

You may not think about your brakes often, only when you press the pedal to avoid a vehicle or a pedestrian who steps out into the road. Nevertheless, they are working hard to keep you and those around you safe every time you get in the car. Even though brakes alone stand between you and calamity, many drivers don't think about having them inspected on a regular basis. Here are five reasons you should: