Engine overheating is a lot rarer than it used to be – modern cars generally won’t overheat unless you’re driving in truly extreme temperatures. But with the hottest part of the summer approaching fast, it’s always better to be prepared. What should you do if your car overheats? What’s the best way to cool your engine off and protect it from damage? Our service center has the answers.
Steps To Take If Your Engine Is Overheating
- Turn off your air conditioner and open your windows at the first sign of overheating. This will decrease the load on your car’s engine and help it cool off faster.
- If you’re still overheating, try turning on the heater and blower. This won’t be fun for the people in the car, but it’ll transfer heat from the engine to the passenger compartment.
If It’s Still Overheating…
- Don’t ride the brakes – this will make your engine work harder. If you’re in traffic, try to crawl along slowly and steadily, instead of accelerating and braking repeatedly, until you can find a safe place to pull over.
- Don’t touch anything until it’s cooled off! Once you’re parked somewhere safe, you can pop the hood release, but don’t touch anything under the hood yet. It can take up to half an hour for the engine to cool down enough to be safe to touch. This would be a good time to call roadside assistance or a tow truck.
- Once the engine has cooled off, you can check the coolant level and add more coolant if the level is low. If so, check underneath the car for dripping or leaking coolant. If your car is overheating but the coolant level isn’t low, there could be a different electrical or mechanical problem, such as a malfunctioning thermometer. Either way, make a service appointment ASAP to get the problem checked out!