What Do You Do If Your Vehicle is Overheating?

It does not have to be hot out for your car to overheat. Vehicle overheating can be caused by a variety of problems. When your car overheats, it is not safe to drive. Here is what to do if your vehicle is overheating:

There are several reasons your vehicle may overheat. Some of these potential reasons are a damaged radiator, a blocked air inlet to the radiator, a malfunctioning cooling fan, a malfunctioning thermostat, internal debris in the cooling system, a hose that needs to be replaced, there is a leak within your vehicle, or your coolant is improperly circulating.

Any of these problems can cause your vehicle to overheat, but you may not be able to tell which problems are occurring with your vehicle at the time of the overheating. If your vehicle is overheating, you should start by turning off the air conditioner. Running the A/C can put a heavy load on your engine and cause overheating if your engine is already stressed. Similarly, you should turn off the heater because this blows excess heat from the engine into the car and does not help the engine cool down.

When your car overheats, put it in neutral or park and rev the engine. Doing so makes the fan and the water pump work faster, which pulls more air and water through your car’s radiator, increasing circulation and cooling down the engine. Next, pull over and open the hood. This releases the heat under the hood and allows air to circulate through the hot engine. Be careful when opening the hood though because hot steam may come blasting out. Lastly, never attempt to remove the radiator cap when your engine is hot. This is because you can get serious burns all over your body when the hot coolant sprays forth under tremendous pressure.

If your car is overheating, you need to have your vehicle serviced to correct whatever problem is occurring. At Vic Auto, we can tend to your vehicle’s needs to correct any reason for overheating and help you get around town safely. You can find us at 17545 Kuykendahl Road A in Spring, Texas.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.17.4″ _module_preset=”default” hover_enabled=”0″ sticky_enabled=”0″]

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