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What To Do If Your Car Overheats

David McNew/Newsmakers

Air conditioning can make you more comfortable while driving in Hot weather.  But the additional load can increase your chances of your engine overheating. Plus, more things can happen like low coolant level or a leak, that may have your car feeling like it is boiling over. If you suspect your car is overheating check  the temperature gauge rising, a temperature warning light flashing and look for steam billowing out from under the hood if you notice any of these signs then your car could be overheating. The first thing to do is pull over, stay calm and follow these tips to ensure your family is kept safe and will make repairs for your vehicle quicker.

  • Turn off your A/C.
  • Turn on the heater on to drain heat from the engine.
  • Pull over to the side of the road and shut off your car to prevent any more damage to the engine and park in the shade, if available.
  • Raise the hood Unless you see steam coming out from it.
  • Wait at least a half-hour before trying to add coolant and check to see if the coolant level is lower than normal.
  • If you need to add water or coolant, check the ground for any leaks as you pour it.
  • Check for any wetness on the mats of your car  to see if there is an interior leak.
  • Call for roadside assistance.

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