What to Do if Your Car Overheats

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There are literally hundreds of things that can go wrong when you’re driving a car, but overheating is one of the biggest issues you might face one fay. That’s why it is so important that you know what to do should you experience the issue. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

Know What the Temperature Gauge Looks Like

Obviously, the best way to handle an overheating car is to be aware of your vehicle’s temperature, so that you can stop driving before it gets to the point of overheating. In order to do that, you need to be familiar with your car’s temperature gauge. You can see what the average temperature gauge looks like at http://knowhow.napaonline.com/your-car-temperature-gauge-system-read-it-right-save-your-motor/ and you should, ideally, familiarize yourself with it, and what it means if you want to avoid the overheating issue altogether.

What to Do When Your Car Overheats

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If you notice that your vehicle is beginning to overheat, the very first thing you should do is slow down, and when it’s safe, pull over.

You should not turn off your car’s engine if it has not cooled down to normal levels, but you should find and add either water or coolant to your vehicle’s cooling system as soon as possible. If your engine was cool enough to turn it off, you will need to start it up and have it running when you add the coolant because the radiator needs to have plenty of pressure inside before you open the cap.

Usually, the radiator will be at the front of the engine. You can see a picture of a car radiator at http://www.automobileglobe.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cooling.jpg, for reference if you’ve never done this before.

Next, you will need to release pressure in the radiator by turning the cap to the first notch. When you do this, you should hear the pressure release. When you’re doing this, you should use gloves or a rag to protect your hand because the cap will probably be quite hot. When pressure is released, remove the cap by pressing down and turning it all of the way. Now you can add water or coolant to the radiator safely, before replacing the cap.

Remember that your engine needs to be running when you do this because if it isn’t, you could end up cracking the engine completely. If you really aren’t confident doing this, getting a professional from www.bridgestonecanberra.com.au to assist you could be a good idea.

Don’t Forget the Reserve Tank

As well as filling the radiator with coolant/water, you will also need to fill up the reserve tank. This is a tiny tank which is connected to the radiator and which holds an extra reserve of water/coolant. You can find this tank by following the hose that is connected to your radiator down to the engine block. Fills this reserve to the max mark and your car will be good to go again, but you will still need to have a professional mechanic check it out, if you haven’t already, to ensure that there are no major issues causing your vehicle to overheat.

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