What to Do If Your Car Overheats

19 June 2015 Category: Article Archives

What To Do If Your Car Overheats

A Quick Guide Of What To Do If Your Car Overheats

Summer is upon us. While rising temperatures mean great things for your pool plans, they can be less good for your car. If your car engine gets a little too hot, you can find yourself facing a breakdown. Fortunately, knowing what to do can help you get back on the road in no time.

To help you combat the rising temperatures this summer, here is a look at what to do if your car overheats.

  • Avoid the AC, which puts a strain on your engine. Rolling down your windows can cool you off without giving your engine too much work to do.
  • While it is not ideal for your personal comfort, turning on the heat when you see your engine temperature gauge rising can quickly transfer heat away from the engine, preventing it from overheating.
  • If all of this fails and your engine does overheat, pull over as soon as it is safely possible. If you can pop your hood from your car’s cabin, do so but do not risk touching your heated engine or putting yourself in the path of its steam. Be prepared to wait 30 minutes for your engine to cool, then check your coolant tank. If it is low, top it off to (hopefully) solve your engine troubles. If your coolant is not the trouble, it is probably time to call a mechanic who can address the electrical or mechanical failure your car is experiencing.

This guide will help you protect your engine against the rising mercury. Are you protecting it in other ways, too? For all of your Pasadena, CA car insurance needs, contact Massive Insurance. We have years of experiencing helping drivers in Pasadena and the rest of California protect their vehicles and themselves. For the coverage you need this summer and throughout the year, we are here.