Car Overheat: What To Do

What would you do if your car overheats? Here are some things to keep in mind.

  1. Turn off the air conditioner immediately.

    • This will lessen the engine load and bring down its temperature while you find a safe spot to pull over.
  2. Pull over as soon as you can.

    • Pull over to a safe location and turn off the engine.
  3. Check the coolant.

    • Do not open the hood until the temperature gauge has moved from Hot to Cool.¬†Once it has cooled, check the coolant tank. If it is empty, there may be a leak.
  4. Open the radiator cap.

    • Open the radiator cap only when it has cooled down. A hot radiator cap could lead to serious burns or injuries when opened outright. Use a thick rag to protect your hand then fill up the radiator with water or coolant to the brim.
  5. Restart the engine.

    • After refilling the radiator, restart the car. This will circulate the water and bring down the engine’s temperature.

If things go back to normal, you can resume your driving/travel. It is recommended to visit your trusted mechanic shop as soon as possible for further troubleshooting and maintenance.

 

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