What to Do if Your Car Overheats
If you've ever had your vehicle overheat and shut down, you know that this is not a fun situation. On the contrary, having it happen is annoying, stressful, and even dangerous. This is why, in this post, you'll find a few tips on how you can deal with an overheated engine. Hopefully, they'll help you stay prepared and minimize the consequences.
- Keep a gallon of water, or a bottle of coolant in your vehicle to help your engine cool off if it overheats. Keep in mind that water is only a temporary fix, and that you should replace it for coolant.
- If you notice that your car is overheating, turn off your AC and roll your windows down. If the temperature gauge keeps rising, you'll have to turn on your heater to help the engine release the heat.
- When stuck in traffic, you can park your car or put it in "Neutral". At the same time, try to go at a steady, slow pace to let your engine rest.
- Make sure to pull over to the side of the road at the first chance you get. There, turn off your car and open the hood to ventilate the engine. Once you've let it cool (after about half an hour), pour the water or coolant into the reservoir if it's empty.
- Lastly, once you've started your car again, take it to a certified mechanic so they can fine-tune it and fix whatever is causing it to overheat.
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