Know what to do if the Engine Overheats

If you are driving your vehicle and you start to notice an issue, it is important that you know what to do. By doing so, you can help prevent damage to the vehicle. The summer is a common time for your vehicle to overheat. That is why you should periodically check the vehicle’s temperature gauge while driving. Every gauge has a normal stopping point once the engine is warmed up, which is usually slightly below the midpoint line between cold and hot. If you notice your vehicle starting to overheat, there are a few steps you can do so that damage can be avoided.


One way to know if the engine is overheating is if you see steam pouring out from the hood. Older engines are prone to mild overheating on hot days, especially if the air conditioner is running. If the temperature gauge is increasing and you notice steam, find a safe place to stop and turn off the vehicle immediately. Idling the engine will only have it work harder, and cause more stress and damage to it.


When the vehicle is stopped, you will want to pop the hood to check the engine. It may be hotter than usual under there, so make sure to have the engine cool down before you proceed. You can check the coolant level of the vehicle to ensure there is the adequate amount. The coolant reservoir is in the area of the radiator. If the coolant is low or empty, it could mean there is a coolant leak somewhere. If the level is topped off, then there could be a change you have a faulty temperature gauge.


No matter what the issue might be with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you. This way you can have a safe and reliable vehicle when you need to drive this summer.


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