What NOT to Do When Your Engine Overheats
1. Don’t panic.
Your engine isn’t keeping its cool, but you can! Avoid swerving through traffic or slamming on your brakes when pulling off the road.
2. Don’t keep driving.
If your engine is overheating but still running, you’re not doing it any favors by staying on the road. Sure, you may be able to get to your destination before it gives out entirely, but you may cause significant (and costly) damage by pushing your engine too far.
3. Don’t open the bonnet immediately.
Once you’ve pulled over, wait for the engine to cool before lifting the bonnet to check things out. Opening the bonnet immediately can put you at risk of burns or injuries from spewing steam or smoke. Patience is key. Wait until the engine temperature gauge settles before opening the bonnet.
4. Don’t let the issue linger.
An overheating engine won’t resolve on its own, even if it seems to be fixed after you add a little coolant. It will only get worse if left unaddressed. Get to the root of the issue to help save your engine. Bring your car to Highway Auto Rockhampton for a Complete Vehicle Inspection so we can diagnose the problem and make recommendations for solving it.
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How to Prevent an Overheated Car Engine
Take care of your car, and it’ll take care of you. The best way to prevent an overheating car engine is to have regular coolant flushes and exchanges performed on your car, and stay up-to-date with radiator maintenance as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. Routine inspections can also help you fix any potential radiator or engine issues before they worsen.
This summer, feel the heat at the beach, not on the road. Keep your cool and head to Highway Auto Rockhampton for the nationally-trusted auto repair advice and service you need. Don't forget our free under bonnet checks which can pick up early warning signs.
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