How to Handle an Overheated Car Engine

overheated engineHave you noticed that your car engine has been running hotter than normal? An overheated car engine is nothing to joke around about. If you notice the temperature gauge on your vehicle increasing, you should take the warning very seriously. While proper car maintenance performed by a professional auto specialist can help prevent issues with overheating, any number of internal problems could be causing your vehicle to overheat. If this happens while you’re driving, here’s what you can do to keep yourself and your car safe.

1. Shut Off Your Vehicle

The very first thing that you should do when your engine overheats is pull over and shut your vehicle off. While you may want to try to drive the few extra miles to the nearest auto technician, it’s imperative that you stop your car immediately and let it cool down.

2. Leave the Radiator Cap Alone

If you know a little bit about car maintenance, you may be tempted to remove the radiator cap and add more coolant right away. Do not do this. The radiator cap will be very hot. Additionally, the built-up pressure can cause it to fly off and injure you.

3. Allow Your Engine to Cool Down

This can often be the hardest step, especially if you’re in a hurry to get somewhere. Unfortunately, the only thing you can do is wait for your car engine to cool down on its own. Even if you are able to make it to an auto shop, they won’t be able to make repairs until it has cooled.

Need Assistance with an Overheated Car Engine?

If you’re struggling with an overheated car engine, you should seek assistance from a professional auto technician as soon as possible. Get the help you need by contacting Classic Motorsports today. Visit our website for information about the many auto services we offer or call (425) 348-4110 to schedule an appointment today.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

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