Your engine is the heart of your vehicle, and it works under high heat and pressures to keep your car running. Most cars are built with a cooling system to keep your motor from overheating. However, if the needle of your temperature gauge rises or you catch steam emitting from under your hood, your car could be overheating.
When your engine overheats, it means that something is wrong with one or more of your car's cooling system components. Its vital parts include the fan, radiator, thermostat, water pump, hoses, and coolant/antifreeze.
5 Things To Do If Your Car Overheats
- Turn up the heat - While you may think that turning on the A/C will help, the cooling system is counterintuitive. Turning your heat on full blast will actually help disperse the heat flowing from your engine quickly.
- Find a secure spot to pull over - Continuing to drive when your car is overheating will only make matters worse. Sometimes, it can even cause permanent to your engine, so it's best to stop driving as soon as you notice the temperature gauge hiking up. Also, please turn off your engine when you do so.
- Open your hood (or call for help) - After parking your car, remember to stay calm and let your car cool down before you start looking under the hood. If you're not comfortable doing the investigating yourself, there's no shame in calling for roadside assistance.
- Look for leaks - If you do, look under the hood, locate and examine the radiator and hoses for any evidence of coolant. In most cases, overheating is caused by coolant leaks.
- Know when to call a trusted automotive technician - If your car is low on coolant, you can start your vehicle back up again after topping it off. Otherwise, you may need a tow.
Things can go south if you don't know how to handle an overheating car. If you're second-guessing whether your car is safe to drive, it probably isn't. Thankfully, at Avus Autosport, we can help you with all your engine and cooling system repairs. We invite you to bring your vehicle to our experts today!