What Should You Do if Your Car Overheats

An overheating car is a really big deal because of the damage that your car’s engine can sustain. Here’s what Young Automotive wants you to know if your car starts overheating while you’re driving.

Pull the Car Over Somewhere Safe

As soon as you notice that the car is overheating, you’ve got a problem that needs to be addressed fast. Make sure that you can pull over somewhere that’s safe. A parking lot is a good option, but you may have to use the side of the road. Turn on your four-way flashers to signal that you’re having trouble with your car so that other drivers can avoid you.

Take Care Not to Burn Yourself

Lots of times people jump out and try to open the hood right away. The problem with that is that it’s super hot under there, and you can very easily burn yourself. Give the car a few minutes to cool down a smidge before you try to lift the hood. You may only be able to pop it at first, and that will definitely help some. When you are able to do it safely, fully open the hood.

Look at What’s Going On

Once the hood is open you can start to get an idea what’s happening. If the radiator is boiling over or the coolant reservoir is empty, you may have found the issue. There can be other causes of engine overheating, though, and some of them may not be visible to you even after the engine isn’t steaming anymore. If you carry extra coolant with you, try adding it carefully, but make sure you don’t get burned.

Get Help if You Need It

You may be able to start the car again after it has cooled fully, but that might not be a good idea if something big has happened. If you do see anything that means you need to tow the car, like the radiator sustained big damage or the car overheats again immediately when you start it, then you shouldn’t play around and try to drive the car. It’s not safe to do so.

If your car is having issues overheating, Young Automotive in Sturgeon Bay, WI can help. Contact us right away and we’ll be happy to diagnose the issue fully. You’ll know what’s causing the overheating and what has to happen for that problem to stop. We’ll get you back on the road safely, with no overheating to worry about.


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