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What to Do When Your Car Overheats

Posted on by Wyatt Auto Services

With summer on the horizon and the mercury on the rise, it’s not uncommon to find that your car has overheated.

Although this is a great deal rarer with ultra-modern vehicles and their state-of-the-art cooling systems, even a perfectly tuned vehicle can still overheat in the right conditions – especially in stop-and-go traffic. If you do find that a light on your dashboard starts flashing, indicating your engine is overheating, here’s what to do:

1. Air Conditioning

Turn it off.

This should be the first thing you should do if you notice that your engine is overheating, as it will considerably decrease your engine’s workload. To still keep cool, simply open your windows and let some fresh air in.

2. Turn On Your Heater

Although this may sound counterintuitive, it does work.
Turning on your heater transfers the hot air from your engine to the cockpit of your vehicle. This can do a great deal to help cool down your engine, but can be pretty uncomfortable for you.

3. Safely Pull Over

If neither of the above tactics does enough to cool down your engine, it’s time to pull over to a safe spot. A lay-by is the best place to pull over, but if you’re driving in the city, a petrol station is your best bet. If you’re stuck in traffic though, shifting your car into neutral and revving the engine slightly is a good way to get the coolant flowing properly.

Once you’re parked, turn the engine off and open the bonnet so the trapped air can escape. Once the rising steam subsides, pour water over the radiator lightly to aid the cooling process.

4. Open Your Radiator Cap

Before you reach for your radiator cap, make sure that it’s cool – it could give you a nasty burn otherwise. Once cool, still use a rag to open the cap to protect your hand, and then fill up the radiator with coolant.

5. Restart The Engine

Once the radiator has been filled with coolant, restart the engine so that the coolant can begin circulation. While your car is idling, check the temperature gauge to see if your car has cooled down. If not, your radiator may be leaking.

Once the temperature level has returned to normal, you can resume your journey as normal. However, that said, it’s still worth visiting your mechanic to ensure that your car is truly problem-free.
Here at Wyatt Auto services, we are proud to offer the best car maintenance and repairs, MOT testing and tyre fitting in the Barnsley region. We are a family run business with a highly qualified team of mechanics who can work on any make or model of car to make it perfectly roadworthy. If your car is still under warranty, fret not. We can work to maintain or repair it as needed and remain within warranty stipulations. Wyatt Auto services also provide free, no-obligation quotes for all repairs and maintenance. Talk to one of our friendly team today.

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