If your car overheats, the best thing to do is to get help from a mechanic or have it towed to avoid further damage to the engine. But, if those options are not available, follow these directions.
Simple Steps for an Overheated Vehicle
- If your car overheats, do not drive more than a quarter-mile.
- Pullover to a safe location and turn off the engine.
- Wait until your car engine has thoroughly cooled or the temperature gauge has moved from hot to cold before opening the hood.
- Check if the coolant level in the radiator is full and if you are not sure where to locate the coolant reservoir tank, look for it in the owner’s manual.
- Open the radiator cap once the radiator is completely cold by twisting it off with a towel and beware of any hot steam. Check the coolant level, if needed, fill it.
- Check if the radiator and heater hoses have been disconnected, burst, or blocked.
- Restart the engine and monitor the temperature gauge. If it overheats again, pull off the road and turn off the engine.
Essential Items to Keep in Your Vehicle
- First Aid Kit
- Tool kit
- Working flashlight
- Non-perishable foods
Vehicle Repair and Maintenance Services in Boulder
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