Prevent Your Car From Overheating In The Summer

In this scorching summer heat, how many times have you passed someone pulled over on the George Washington Memorial Parkway with steam bellowing out from the front of the car? It’s a stressful situation to be in, but it is also a situation that can likely be avoided.

For a majority of automobiles, the normal operating engine temperature is in the range of 195 to 220 degrees Fahrenheit. Add 95 degrees of summer sun, a splash of DC metro area traffic and an engine bay that hasn’t been maintained, and it can be a recipe for disaster. What can you do to avoid overheating?

Cars are made to operate at hight temperatures, so when a car overheats, it’s usually because of one of the following:

  • A leak in the cooling system such as your water pump, radiator, head gasket or hoses.
  • A blocked hose from road grime or dirt
  • The wrong coolant or coolant-water mixture
  • A busted water pump, which pumps coolant throughout the system

We don’t always think to check these essential items, especially with how dirty it can be in the engine bay, which is why an engine cleaning can be a preventative measure. Cleaning the engine provides the opportunity to look and make sure everything is right under the hood and can help you identify leaks and corrosion that can lead to overheating, broken hoses and more, which can translate to money saved in the long run.

Why A Clean Engine Is Good For Your Car

There are many reasons to consider having your engine cleaned and polished. For one, it helps with the resale value. We have many clients who bring their vehicle in for a detailing before listing it for sale – it can mean the difference between “sold” and “still listed.” At Capitol Shine, we take pride in the clean vehicles that we service from our convenient metro location. In addition to the outside and interior, the engine bay needs to be maintained as well.

Increasing the resale value and being able to see if there are any leaks are both positive aspects, but it also looks great.

Even if you’re not going to a car show, a clean engine still looks better, plus it can also help improve performance. Oil, grease and grime can build up under the hood around delicate parts, which could result in some issues. If it’s been a while since your engine has been cleaned, consider scheduling your engine clean and polish with Capitol Shine.


Here are some frequently asked questions regarding an engine cleaning:

Q: What chemicals do we use?
A: Professional grade engine degreaser, sealant, and a non acidic wheel cleaner sometimes as well.
Q: Do we cover the electrical components so they do not get damaged?
A: Absolutely.
Q: Do we add trim to shine the engine?
A: Sealant for paints and superlative for all rubber and plastics.
Q: How much does an engine cleaning cost?
A: Head over to our services page to find your price!

What Other Add-On Services Does Capitol Shine Offer?

Just like an engine cleaning, we provide more than standard detailing:

  • Wheel/Rim Tire Coatings
  • Paint Protection (Film/Coatings)
  • Ventilation Decontamination
  • Tint Removal
  • Condition Leather Seats
  • Interior Nano Coatings
  • Excessive Dog Hair Removal
  • Spray Wax for All Sizes
  • Touch-Up Painting
  • Window/Glass Coating
  • Engine Clean and Polish
  • Clay Bar/Nano Mitt
  • Headlight Restoration
  • Stroller and baby seat cleaning
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid Refill
  • Capitol Shine’s Ceramic Pro (9H Hard glass shield) Lifetime Warranty
  • Optimum Car Care Products
  • Paint Protection Film
  • And more!
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Need a special service for your vehicle? Please send us a message with your other questions! To schedule your engine cleaning, another add-on service, hand wash, vacuum or more, Please visit our scheduling page to make an appointment. Please schedule at least 24 hours in advance to insure time and date.