What To Do When Your Vehicle Overheats

Vehicles tend to overheat more often in hot weather. Even though it is rare with newer vehicles, a well-tuned automobile can still overheat. 


When your vehicle goes through strenuous conditions, like stop-and-go traffic or steep hills on an extremely hot day, you might see some movement on your temperature gauge. A dead confirmation that your engine is overheating is if you notice the coolant temperature warning light comes on. Whenever you catch the signs of overheating, it is important you know how to handle the following steps:

  • Step 1: Turn OFF your air conditioner and open your windows. While this may seem like something you aren’t supposed to, it decreases the engine’s workload.
  • Step 2: If the vehicle continues to overheat, turn on the heater and blower. While this may seem counterintuitive, it helps draw the heat from the engine to the passenger compartment.
  • Step 3: If possible,shift your car into Neutral or put your vehicle in park and rev the engine.  This will help draw as much coolant to the radiator as possible.
  • Step 4: Is your vehicle still hot? If so, please pull over to a safe spot and call for roadside assistance. 


Continuing to drive with the coolant temperature light on can be extremely dangerous. When you push your engine too much, you can end up with irreversible damage. Rather, you can have peace of mind a tow can get your car to a trusted auto repair shop safely.


If your vehicle needs cooling system or engine services or repairs, look no further than Hoesly Automotive. Feel free to give us a call or schedule an appointment online with our friendly team today.

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