Protect Your Car from Overheating with These Tricks

Summers coming and warmer weather is coming with it. The last thing you want on a summer day in Alabama is for your car to overheat. Forgetting to put coolant in your vehicle can not only put a damper on your day but also result in expensive repairs and maintenance costs. We have some simple tricks you can do at home to keep your car out of the shop and safe from overheating. 

How to Keep Your Car from Overheating

Regular Maintenance

Do you take your car in as often as you should? Every time you take your car in for maintenance, the mechanic should top off your fluids, check all your hoses, and make sure your fans are working properly. These are all crucial to keeping your car from overheating. The mechanic will also let you know if there are any cracked caps, leaky hoses, or fan belts that need to be repaired or replaced. It can be a hassle to pay for maintenance every month, but it’s a worthy investment to avoid paying repair costs in the future.

Leave the Radiator Cap Alone

Whatever might seem instinctual to you, do not touch the radiator cap. The cap will be incredibly hot and could cause significant damage to your hand.

Let the Engine Rest

The minute you see your check engine light come on, pull over to the shoulder and turn off the engine. Open up your hood and stand clear to give your engine a moment to cool down naturally.  If you’re not sure if your car actually overheated, take your car or truck to a mechanic as soon as possible so they can take a look at your engine.

Refill Your Coolant

You can perform your own maintenance in between shop visits by carrying spare antifreeze or coolant for overheating emergencies. Once your engine has had a chance to rest, refill your coolant to help your engine regulate its temperature.

Check Your Hoses

Regularly check your hoses for blockages. If your car does overheat, let the hoses cool down before you look for any leaks, blocks, or signs of a burst hose. Your mechanic should check your hoses during your visit, but it never hurts to familiarize yourself with the simpler parts of your engine.

Look Out for Your Safety

Keep a safety kit in your car if your overheated car strands you somewhere overnight.

With regular maintenance, an overheated car should only be a rare occurrence, not a problem you deal with on a regular basis. If you’re worried about your car this summer, make your appointment to have your car inspected and tuned up today.

Contact Performance Auto today to speak with our honest and qualified team. Let us take care of your car and truck repair today!


  1. It is very important to change the coolant of your car especially during summers as overheating can take place in your car. I have experienced this once myself. Oh! Boy it really is frustrating when that happens to you.

  2. Great list of tips on how to protect your car from overheating. These instructions can help you save up on garage-related expenses. Thanks for sharing.

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