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What to do When Your Car Engine Overheats?

You might face many issues while you are on an excursion. Overheating of the engine is an issue that can ruin your entire trip. There are many factors that can cause your car engine to overheat. These include typically low coolant during warm temperatures, long drives, and congested traffic.

In order to prevent overheating problem of your car, you need to check the temperature gauge. Each time the car is overheated, the engine gets damaged. So, when your car overheats, avoid driving upto quarter of a mile or have it pull along to so that you could make the damage less severe. If you do not find any experienced mechanic or tow-truck nearby then you follow the below simple steps:

  • Go to a safe location, and shut the engine down.
  • Some times filling a water can also cool the engine.
  • Avoid opening the hood until you don’t find any steam in the engine.
  • When the car is cooled or the temperature gauge moves from hot to cool, pull the hood release lever under the dashboard to open the hood.
  • Then, reach around the hood, look for the latch and compress it. While compressing the latch, pull and open the hood.
  • Check the level of coolant (antifreeze) in the radiator. This antifreeze works as a coolant for a warmer conditions as well as heater in a winters.
  • Ensure the radiator cap is cool before you open it. Open it with a towel by gently twisting and watch out for any hot steam coming out. If need be, fill coolant upto the top of the radiator. Replace the radiator cap properly.
  • Be sure that the lower or radiator upper hose or any of the heater hoses is not blocked, burst or disconnected.
  • Then, restart the engine.

If the temperature in the gauge is still not changing then pull along the road side and turn off the engine and better to check your car by the mechanic or take the assistance of people on the roads.

Updated: December 3, 2015 — 7:31 am
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