What can I do if my car overheats?
If you are driving at highway speeds and the vehicle starts to overheat, turn off the air conditioner, turn on the heater and immediately pull over to the shoulder. The odds are if the vehicle starts to overheat at highway speed, there is a problem in the cooling system such as low coolant, a clogged radiator, a broken drive belt or burst hose. If the car overheats on city streets or only with the air conditioning on you may have a problem with cooling fans but you still have to get the car pulled over and shut down as ASAP.
Once you’re safely pulled over, shut off the engine, open the hood and let the engine cool down for a minimum of 20 minutes. Once any overboiling stops and the engine has cooled, look for obvious signs of trouble. DO NOT attempt to open the radiator cap unless the engine is off and the top of the radiator is cold. If there is no noticeable problem such as a broken drive belt or burst hose, you can then add a coolant/water mixture to the radiator or overflow reservoir, then start the vehicle and drive slowly to the shop. Over heating is death to an engine so be very careful about driving. If you have the option, have the car towed in. It could save you a lot of money.
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