5 Things To Do When Your Car Overheats

As we advance in technology, our cars now have state-of-the-art cooling systems and efficient heat sensors. Regardless of these, overheating can still happen.

However, when your car overheats and you are left stranded on a road-side, you should know what to do cool your car engine.

Let’s take a look at some of the helpful tips for such situations.

1. Turn on the heater

Sounds ironic, eh? There is a valid explanation, though. Turning on the heater draws warmth away from the engine. It comes to in the passenger compartment and reduces the burden on the engine’s cooling system.

2. Pull over

If your car doesn’t stop overheating even after the heater has been on for a while, you should stop your car at a safe spot and turn the engine off. This is a guaranteed method to cool the engine.

3. Be patient

If you cannot get road assistance, you will have to wait. It may take at least 15 minutes for the engine to cool. Don’t try to open the hood as you can be sprayed with hot steam or water droplets. Keep your personal safety first.

4. Add coolant

After at least 15 minutes, open the hood but don’t forget to wear gloves and keep your body as away from the car as possible. Once you are sure that there is no hot water or steam coming out of the hood, you should cover the radiator cap, push it down, and turn it.

This will release the pressure that must have been built when the coolant expanded due to the heat. Then, open the cap and add the coolant, i.e. half water, half antifreeze. Try turning the engine on after you have closed the cap again. 

5. Drive to a service station

You should always get your car checked by a professional after it overheats. The above tips are helpful to cool down the car, but they don’t recognize or fix the problem. Keep an eye on the temperature gauge while driving to the service station after the overheat happened.

That’s a wrap. Now, you are knowledgeable on what to do if your car overheats. Don’t panic and remember these tips. You and your car will be fine!

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