What to do when your vehicle overheats?
If your car overheats, it can create a number of problems. For example, if your car's air conditioning has stopped working, there might be an overheating problem. Stop driving if you see that the temperature display has shifted to the "hot" side. Cars with an overheated engine can suffer catastrophic damage. They can't explode instantly but driving with an overheated engine can lead to costly repairs. Instead of risking costly repairs later, stop and fix the problem as soon as possible. Your engine can overheat for a number of reasons. Some of these problems are quite common on a hot summer day.
Coolant Not Being Circulated Properly:
The engine will overheat if the antifreeze/water mixture does not circulate properly. This mixture keeps the engine cool in hot months and prevents it from freezing in cold months. check it regularly. Without leaks, the liquid evaporates over time. You can cool the engine down in a car repair shop by adding about ½ cup of water to a shallow container of antifreeze.
If your cooling system's water/antifreeze levels are consistently low, you may have a leak somewhere. In this case, see a mechanic immediately. They will locate the leak and provide you with a reasonable repair estimate.
You might need a hose replacement:
The hoses that circulate the coolant can become clogged or loosened over time. Even the smallest blockage prevents a sufficient amount of refrigerant from flowing. During an inspection, a mechanic can look for these and similar things.
If the water and antifreeze levels are normal, your engine may have a more serious problem. Internal coolant leaks, dirt in the coolant lines, or a clogged radiator are all possibilities. If so, then you should have your car checked asap. They can identify problems early and save you money on costly repairs.
How to deal with an overheated car?
The following steps will help cool down an overheating engine:
- Close the windows and doors and turn off the air conditioning. Running your air conditioner when your vehicle is overheating places a significant strain on your vehicle's engine.
- The heating should now be switched on. This helps dissipate some of the extra heat generated by the engine. On a hot summer day (when most cars are overheating) this isn't the best option, but it will help keep your engine cool.
- Put your vehicle in the park or neutral, then start it up and give it some gas. This will give your car's radiator more air and water as the fan and water pump work harder. As a result of the improved circulation, the engine stays cooler for longer.
- Pullover to the side of the road and raise the hood. This lets the engine cool down by releasing heat and allowing fresh air to circulate the hot components. When opening the hood, take caution since hot steam may be ejected.
- Under no circumstances should you try to remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot. Since hot coolant is sprayed under high pressure, it can cause severe burns all over the body.