WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CAR OVERHEATS

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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CAR OVERHEATS

Seeing steam coming from your car’s bonnet can be very frustrating and it also tells the health of your car. Overheating can cause permanent damage if the right precautions are not taken. It is important you know what to do to stay safe and avoid further damage when your car overheats.

These are guides to follow if your car starts to overheat while on the road

WHY IS MY CAR OVERHEATING?

There are numerous reasons your car could overheat, sometimes the weather condition is not favorable which makes the case worse. Some of the common causes of overheating stem from the vehicle’s cooling system like low coolant levels.

However, it could also be a problem with your engine and you need to have it checked.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CAR IS OVERHEATING?

  • If you see steam coming from your bonnet, you need to pull over to a safe place, turn off your engine and move away from the car.
  • Also, if possible,  open the bonnet from the cabin, that is because the steam would have made the bonnet very hot thereby protecting your hands.
  • Allow the engine to cool for 30 minutes
  • Removing the radiator cap of an overheated engine could lead to serious steam burns therefore, avoid doing that.
  • After the engine has cooled down open the cap slowly,  but make sure your hands are protected.
  • Check the coolant tank near your radiator once your engine cools down.
  • If your coolant tank is empty, it means you have run out of leaks, check under your car to see if you see anything like a puddle.
  • You should top up your empty tank with a coolant or warm water mixed with a coolant.
  • If possible avoid filling your tank with straight or cold water as it could damage your engine.
  • If the coolant is full, the problem could be some mechanical issue or probably an issue with the cooling system.
  • But, If you do not know what the problem is, call on a mechanic.

HOW CAN I PREVENT MY CAR FROM OVERHEATING?

There are several measures you can take to protect your car from overheating

  • When the weather I hot, you can keep your car cool, by parking in the shade
  • Keep an eye on your temperature gauge and coolant level
  • Ensure you have an extra coolant in your car so that when need is, you won’t find yourself wanting.
  • Open the windows to get air flowing into the car to keep the temperature down
  • Have your mechanic flush out the cooling system.

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