What To Do When Your Car Overheats

What to do when your car overheats

That’s a great question.  The manufacturers of your car or truck usually provides some type of warning that the engine is overheating.  This warning can be a gauge, a light, a noise or all 3.  Obviously this is an important part of the safe operation of your car or truck, therefore it’s important that you take notice when it happens.

So what do you do?

What to do when your car overheats is don’t panic!  When an engine overheats or is starting to overheat you will have time to react and move your car to a safe place before severe engine damage occurs.  Move your car to a parking lot or somewhere else safe preferably out of traffic to prevent an accident or safety issues.  Keep in mind, time is crucial, you a few minutes to move to a safe place but the longer you go the worse it can be.

Once you get to a safe place turn the engine off.  We need to let the engine cool down and stop the overheating process.  There is no need to open the hood or even exit the car at this point as typically there won’t be anything that you will be able to repair to fix the problem.  Plus, the engine is very hot, much hotter than normal and can severely burn you if contact is made with hot parts or the water/coolant.

The next thing is to place a call to your automotive repair shop or tow service to get the overheating issue diagnosed.

Why did the engine overheat?

There can be many reasons why an engine overheats.  It could be a cooling fan problem, or a coolant leak or more serious problems.  The biggest thing is to not fret over as it until it is diagnosed as it can be a simple fix too.  

You can find out more about engine overheating here.

Or if you would like to call us for diagnosing your overheat issue or even scheduling a time to bring it in.

LMC Complete Automotive