When your engine becomes too hot, your car overheats. This is usually caused by a malfunction in your cooling system or low coolant levels. Car overheating can cause severe damage to your engine and other systems of your vehicle. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to help you prevent your car from overheating and also help you know what to do if overheating does occur.
How to Keep Your Car from Overheating
- Have routine oil changes. Make sure your technician checks the water system, hoses, antifreeze levels, and fans. They’ll hopefully catch any leaks or risks before they turn into bigger issues.
- Top of the antifreeze in your cooling system regularly.
- Check hoses in your cooling system for blockages or leaks.
- Prepare for emergencies by keeping coolant and an emergency kit in your vehicle.
Steps for When Your Car Overheats
- If your car is overheating, a warning light should come on or the temperature gauge should rise. If this happens, follow these steps:
- Pull over, turn off the engine, and open the hood. It’s important not do anything until you’ve given the engine time to cool off on it’s own.
- Don’t take off the radiator cap. You may see steam, but whatever you do, don’t remove the radiator cap. Your water system will be under very high pressure and you could be severely burned when steam or radiator fluid is released.
- Top of antifreeze/coolant. Again, wait to do this until after your engine has cooled down.
- Inspect the hoses in your cooling system for leaks, either yourself or by a professional technician. More than likely, there is a specific reason your car overheating. The most common causes are a broken thermostat or fan, or a leak in the cooling system. Bring your car into Bargain Tire in Chubbuck, we’d be happy to take a look for you.
- If the cause of your car overheating was low coolant and you were able to replace it, it may be safe for you to drive. However, if the antifreeze/coolant was totally out, don’t drive your vehicle. Call a tow truck instead, just to be safe.