What Should You Do if Your Engine Overheats?

Nothing puts a stop to summer fun like car troubles. The last thing you want is to be cruising down the highway only for your engine to overheat. Performance Auto is here to help you prevent your engine from overheating and to help you find the best course of action if it does. Discover what you should do about an overheated engine:

Why is my engine overheating?

Mother Nature has cranked up the heat, and that can mean trouble for your car. There are a number of reasons why your engine may be overheating, including:

  • Cooling system leaks
  • Engine malfunction
  • Coolant that isn’t circulating properly
  • Blocked or detached hose

If you notice any of these problems, it’s critical that you bring your car in for an inspection as soon as possible. Regular maintenance and tune-ups can prevent your car from experiencing some of these issues.

What do I do if my engine overheats?

There are a few things you can take if your car or truck engine starts to overheat. The most important thing is to try to cool your engine down so that it has a chance to “catch its breath” and return to an operable temperature. We recommend these steps:

Turn off your A/C and turn on the heat.

This may seem counterintuitive on a hot summer day, but running your air conditioning can put a heavy strain on your engine. Running the heater will help to blow hot air off the engine into the car and cool the engine down.

Call the experts for help.

Pull over as soon as you notice your engine has overheated and turn off your engine. If you’re not sure about inspecting your engine yourself, call a tow truck that will take you to a reliable repair shop. The experts will save you from doing the guesswork and can best identify what caused the overheating in the first place.

Pop the hood.

Wait 30-45 minutes for your engine to cool down and then prop open your hood to let some air flow over your engine. Don’t try to touch the hood until you’re sure the engine has had sufficient time to cool down – the last thing you want to do is add a burned hand into the equation.

Contact Performance Auto today to learn how you can keep your car in the best shape this summer.

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