Imagine this: You are driving down the road when you notice the temperature gauge in your car shift to hot or you notice smoke coming out of from under the hood of your car. Both of these signs are indicative of a car that is overheating. If you have never experienced this before, you may be unsure what you should do. Follow these steps if your car begins to overheat.
Step 1: Roll Down Your Windows and Turn Your Heater On
If your car has smoke coming out from under the hood, skip this step. It is already too late to attempt it. However, if you catch the problem as your temperature gauge is creeping up, you may be able to get rid of some of the heat. Turn your air conditioner off if it is in use, roll down your windows and turn your heater on. Turning the heat on allows your car to get rid of some of the heat. If this doesn't help, skip to step two.
Step 2: Pull Over
If your car has smoke coming from under the hood or turning the heater on does not get the temperature gauge down, you need to pull over. Continuing to drive can cause your radiator to crack or damage your engine.
Step 3: Check the Radiator Fluid
After pulling over, allow your car to sit for about 30 minutes. After that time, open the hood and check your radiator fluid. Do not attempt this right away as the car is too hot and can burn you. If the radiator fluid is low, fill it up or add water to the tank. You may have a radiator crack or hose leak. However, refilling it will allow you to make it to a repair shop.
Step 4: Take Your Car to a Repair Shop
The last step is to immediately take your car to an automobile repair shop. They can help determine why your car was overheating. Typically, a car that is overheating is caused by a radiator fluid leak. Fixing the cracked hose or replacing the radiator if it is damaged will solve the problem. It is important not to put the repair off or you can further damage the radiator or your engine.
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