No one ever wants to have to deal with this issue, but sometimes your car starts overheating, leaving you stranded on the side of the road or at the nearest gas station. What could have caused it to happen, and what should you do now?
There are lots of reasons your car may be overheating, most often related to low coolant levels in your radiator. However, other issues could include a malfunctioning fan or belt or broken hoses. Although you may not have the first clue about why your car is overheating, the good news is there are a few important steps you can take to make sure your car cools down efficiently and you can get the servicing you need to get back out on the road.
1. Turn off the engine. The fastest way for your car to cool down is for the engine to stop running.
2. Wait for your car to cool down. If you move too quickly, you could end up with burns or damage to your vehicle.
3. Don’t take the radiator cap off. If you think the issue may be your coolant, you will want to make sure your car is completely cooled before attempting to access the radiator.
4. Once your car is properly cooled, check the coolant and all your belts and hoses for breaks, blockages, and leaks.
5. Keep a safety kit in your car. If you are stranded because your car is overheating, having the right equipment and supplies can make you more comfortable while you wait for help.
It’s important to schedule routine servicing of your auto air conditioning, so give us a call at Kevin’s Car Repair & Body Shop LLC if your car is overheating or you need to top off your coolant. We’ll be happy to help you safely get back out on the road.