Overheating Car

What to do if your car is overheating

Cars can over heat for several reasons. Basically, there’s something wrong in the engine and the heat can’t escape.

Possibilities include: bad thermostat, broken water pump, a coolant leak, radiator leak, a bad fan, or failing hoses. Any of these problems could lead to a bigger problem for your engine, with costly repairs.

What TO DO:

· Pull off of the road to a safe area and turn off your engine
· Allow your engine time to cool down
· Watch the temperature gauge
· Look for steam from your engine – heat is trying to escape
· Pay attention to odor, such as a sweet smell of coolant leaking
· Check the coolant level. If it’s low, add coolant mixed with water – follow instructions on the coolant bottle, if you have it.
· If your car is low on coolant, you can restart the engine. Pay close attention to the gauges. If the temperature begins to rise, pull over immediately and call a tow truck.

What NOT TO DO:

· Don’t keep driving if your car is over heating
· Don’t open the hood until the engine has cooled down a bit to avoid unnecessary risk of burns from steam.
· Don’t open the radiator cap until the engine is completely cooled.

If you notice these things, call a repair shop to have it checked. If your car is low on coolant, it could be a new and persistent leak. The systems in your car are dependent on one another. Catching a problem early could help avoid more costly repairs to other parts of your car’s engine.