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How To Fix An Overheating Car

How To Fix An Overheating Car

There are a number of things that can cause your engine to overheat. The most important thing is to figure out which problem is causing it, and then you can solve it. In some cases, you can solve the problem on your own, without going to your mechanic.

To prepare for issues like this always ensure you have water and coolant in your car especially when you are going for a long journey.

What to do if your engine overheats

If your engine is overheating, do the following to cool it down:





Step 1
Turn off the air conditioner if you have it on. Running the A / C puts heavy loads on the engine.

Step 2
Put your car in neutral or park and then rev the engine. This makes the fan and the water pump work faster, which pulls more air and more water through your car’s radiator. This increased circulation helps to cool down the engine.

Step 3
As soon as you notice the temperature gauge creeping into the “H” territory (which stands for “hot”), pull over immediately and open the bonnet. This releases the heat and lets air circulate through the hot engine.

Note: you need to be careful when opening the bonnet — hot steam may come blasting out, so you have to be extra careful when doing this.

Step 4
Do not open your radiator pressure cap (the cap on top of the radiator) while the engine is hot. Doing so is very likely to release a high-pressure combination of steam and radiator fluid that can cause very serious burns.

Step 5
Check the coolant reservoir tank and fill if needed. Most modern cars have a plastic reservoir of coolant connected to the top of the radiator.

Step 6
Check for a leak in the cooling system. If your radiator or cylinder head seems to be compromised, or if you open the coolant reservoir and the levels are topped up, you may have a leak in the cooling system. If you’re experienced with cars, check the radiator, core plugs in the engine block, or cylinder head near the head gasket for any signs of leakage.





Step 7
If you still haven’t been able to fix the problem, get a Mechanic to help you have a look at it. most radiator problems can be fixed quickly.

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