What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

The cooling systems of modern cars are fitted with various heat sensors and computer-controlled electric fans to keep the engine operating in any condition. However, overheating can still occur. This articles outlines what you should do if your vehicle begins to overheat.

Steps to take when you have an engine overheating

Turn on the heater

Car experts suggest turning on the heater, which may seem illogical. It transfers heat away from the engine into the passenger compartment, relieving the cooling system of the engine. In some cases, this may be enough to reverse the overheating. If the warning light turns off or the temperature gauge moves to the neutral position, it will be operational.

Pull over

If your car continues to overheat after a few minutes of driving with the heater on, you should pull over and turn off the engine; this is the safest and most effective approach to cool the engine. I f you have roadside assistance, this is an excellent time to call, since you may require a tow.

Sit tight

If you do not have roadside help, be patient; the engine will need at least 15 minutes to cool down. You should not open the hood of a vehicle that has overheated, since the coolant temperature may exceed 230 degrees. There is a risk of being sprayed with hot water or steam if the hood is opened. "Your safety is of the utmost importance. Waiting at least 15 minutes enables the hood, engine, and coolant leak to cool.

Add coolant

Once you've waited at least 15 minutes and the hood is cool to the touch, you should put on gloves, open the hood, and find the radiator cap (if required, consult the owner's handbook). To alleviate pressure that has built up because of the coolant expanding when heated, cover the cap with a cloth and carefully push down and loosen it a quarter of a turn. Then, completely open the radiator cap and gently pour coolant consisting of half water and half antifreeze until the "full" line is reached. The little, transparent plastic overflow reservoir installed on the side of the radiator should also be filled with coolant. Replace the cap, then start the engine. If the temperature gauge returns to normal or the red warning light turns off, you may proceed with caution while monitoring the temperature gauge or light.

Drive to a service station

Adding coolant does nothing to fix the issue that caused your engine to overheat, but it typically allows you to drive safely to the local repair shop. A specialist must examine your vehicle's cooling system so that you can hit the road again. If you need engine repair, don't hesitate to call Dalton Automotive Inc today.

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