What To Do If Your Engine Is Overheating

Overheating Engine

Nowadays, cars are being designed to a point where you shouldn’t need to worry about it overheating. However, despite having a well-tuned car, even they can overheat if put in the right circumstances. In most situations, overheating occurs on hot days, when you are in “stop and start traffic” or on steep, hilly terrain. This guide helps explain what to do if your car begins to overheat.

Take The Pressure Of Your Engine

Overheating is most common when your engine is performing a lot of work, especially in hot temperatures. If you are in traffic, slowly advance without accelerating quickly, and try to only move at a controlled speed. If you are climbing hilly terrain, consider lowering your speed, and coasting on downhills.

Turn Off The AC and Open The Windows

If you see a temperature warning on your dashboard, the first thing you should do is turn off your air conditioning system, and open your windows. Turning off your air conditioning creates less pressure on your engine, heat-wise.

Vent The Air Out Of Your Engine

If your dashboard is still displaying a temperature warning sign, then another possible option is to turn on your heater and fan to high (by fan, we mean the blowing strength of your climate control system.) Although this may make you hot, venting the excess heat of the engine to the passenger compartment may help your engine.

Pull Over To The Shoulder Of The Road And Wait

The time-tested method for dealing with overheating - just wait for you engine to cool off! If your engine is still overheating after implementing the previous actions, then pull over to the shoulder, pop your hood up, and wait for the temperature warning to disappear. You may want to wait a few minutes after the temperature warning has disappeared to continue driving, as your engine could easily overheat again if you let it cool to its bare minimum operating temperature.

Engine overheating can be caused by mechanical issues, as well. Low coolant levels can contribute to overheating. You should NEVER fill coolant while the car is hot, though, since the system can be under pressure and you might scald yourself. When at home, wait for the engine to cool to an acceptable level, then fill the coolant system with an appropriate volume of antifreeze. Another cause could be a faulty thermostat, which you can get checked out a licensed mechanic.

If you have any more questions, feel free to shoot us a message over instant chat or to book an inspection from one of our expert technicians!

Related articles

When And How Often Should Your Brakes Be Replaced
What Does Your Radiator Do
OBD II Trouble Code P0860 Gear Shift Communication Circuit
5 Car Repair Services That Can Be Done At Your Home
Top 10 Most Common Car Repairs In 2016
Car Won't Start, What's The Cause

Extend your car's life. Get car advice straight to your inbox.

Join 5000+ car owners and keep your car in its healthiest form.

More Related Articles

Can You Get Ticketed For Driving Slow

Can You Get Ticketed For Driving Slow

It sounds bizarre - we see speed maximums posted on every street, but we never see speed minimums. Are there laws against driving too slow?

Read more

5 Reasons Why Your Car Doors Aren't Working

5 Reasons Why Your Car Doors Aren't Working

When you think of car repairs, a lot of people thinking engine fixes or maybe headlight replacements. But an often forgotten one is your car door - the only way you can actually get in your beautiful ride. If your doors aren’t opening for you, here are five reasons why you may be locked out.

Read more

The Best Time To Buy A Used Car

The Best Time To Buy A Used Car

When thinking in the future about your buying a used car, it’s important to look at the numbers. Car prices tend to go down between November and January, and then tend to quickly shoot back up in the month of February. These statistics were gathered by CarGurus.com, who analyzed price trends on more than 12 million used cars.

Read more