Symptoms of an Overheated Car
When your car has overheated, the engine is too hot and you can feel it slowing down or becoming less responsive. To fix the problem, pull over to a safe place and turn off the engine. You may also notice that your car’s interior is steaming or that your dashboard lights are flashing red. Fortunately, you can easily resolve the problem yourself with some easy tips.
What to do
If you are traveling by car, the quickest and most effective way to prevent engine damage is to pull over. After stopping, you can turn on the air conditioning or turn on the heat, but make sure to move the car to a cool location. If you can’t find a safe location, call a tow truck or Firestone Roadside Assistance. You can also try turning on the heater and running the fan. This will cool your engine down faster.
There are many causes of engine overheating. Some common causes include driving in hot weather, low coolant levels, water pump failure, or a faulty thermostat. You should check these components and try to repair them if possible. This will prevent the problem from happening again. If you can’t repair the problem yourself, you should seek the help of a mechanic.
Overheating is dangerous and should not be ignored. It may lead to engine damage which can be costly. If you notice this problem, stop driving the car right away. The problem may be a simple leak in the cooling system. If you suspect a coolant leak, check the radiator or hoses for cracks. These along with routine car maintenance can help you prevent this issue.