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5 Things You Should Do if Your Car Overheats

With summer approaching fast, we thought we should give you some tips in case your vehicle overheats. This is a scary and frustrating situation that can be dangerous if you aren’t careful. Always keep an eye on your temperature gauge, even in cold weather, and if you notice it rising too high, do these five things to keep you safe and help prevent engine and cooling system damage. You chose to drive a European automobile for its performance, but if your car overheats Eurozone Motors is the expert European mechanic can help get your engine performing properly.

Prepare

Always keep a gallon of the right type of coolant for your car, truck, or SUV in the trunk of your car just in case you need it. Keep a gallon of water in there, too, just in case you need to dilute the coolant. This will help you in the event your vehicle is overheating because the coolant is low. You should also keep a quart of motor oil in your vehicle as low oil can also cause an engine to overheat.

Step One to Reducing Engine Heat

The minute the temperature gauge starts to rise, turn off your vehicle’s air conditioner. The air conditioner can cause an engine to overheat quickly because it makes the engine work harder. Even though it’s hot outside, if you turn off the AC, you may be able to avoid overheating, especially if you take the next step, which we apologize for in advance.

Step Two to Reducing Engine Heat

If turning off the AC didn’t make enough of a difference or no difference at all, turn up your heater to full blast. We’re sorry. We know this will make you feel as if you are in the bowels of hell but this creates a condition that might actually cool down your engine. When you crank up the heater, you transfer engine heat away from the engine and through your vents, so roll down the windows and crank it up.

Pull Over and Cut the Engine

If your vehicle is still overheating (and now you are, too), pull over and cut your engine. Do not get out of the car and pop the hood manually. This is extremely dangerous if radiator fluid is spurting out from underneath the cap. Rather pop the hood from your driver’s seat and wait for the engine to cool down before you lift it up and secure it manually. This can usually take 30 minutes or longer.

Check the Engine

Once the engine is completely cooled, open the hood and secure it. Inspect the coolant reservoir to see if the coolant is low. Check the radiator cap by touching it and only unscrew it if it’s cold to the touch. Add coolant if necessary in both places and then check underneath your vehicle to see if the fluid is leaking out. If so, call for tow. 

If your European vehicle overheats again once you start driving, pull over and call for a tow to our Eurozone Motors. Our European auto experts will find the problem and fix it.

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