What Do I Do If My Car Overheats?

The engine is like the heart of the vehicle - it is vital to the operation of your car and needs to be protected while driving to prevent damage and overheating. The engine emits a large amount of heat while it runs, and the cooling system is what helps to control the temperature of the engine to ensure it runs at the optimal level. When there is a problem with the cooling system, engine overheating can quickly occur and damage can be done. 

Typically, an issue with the cooling system is caused by a coolant leak or a faulty component within the system. Parts such as the hoses, gaskets, and water pumps can wear down over time and leak. Additionally, a failing radiator or thermostat can also be the culprit when it comes to cooling system issues. 

How do you know if your vehicle's engine is overheating? Look out for the following symptoms: 

  • You see steam coming from under the hood
  • The engine temperature gauge is high 
  • Leaking coolant
  • Smells coming from under the hood, such as a burnt smell

If your engine is overheating, here's what to do next: 

  • Turn on your heater, it helps draw heat away from the engine
  • Pullover and turn off the engine
  • Give your car at least 15-20 minutes to cool down
  • If you have coolant with you, add some if needed to the radiator tank. Never touch a radiator cap right after you turn off your vehicle - it needs to cool down for at least 15 minutes before you try to touch it. Gloves are recommended! 
  • Get your vehicle into Monticello Auto Service. 

Adding coolant to your radiator tank will not solve the problem - chances are, you may have a leak that needs to be repaired or the issue with continue. Bring your vehicle into the experts here at Monticello Auto Service, and we will be able to identify the correct cause of your engine overheating issues. 

The quicker that we find the issue, the less damage will be done to your engine. Engine damage can be costly to repair, so we recommend getting your vehicle into our shop as soon as you notice any overheating symptoms. Stop by our shop today!

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