What Should I Do If My Car Starts to Overheat?

December 16th, 2022 by

Vehicle problems span the spectrum, with even minor issues causing a major inconvenience. An overheated engine can not only spoil your commute and leave you stranded on the side of the road, but cause serious damage to your vehicle. Here at Miracle Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, our certified service technicians have provided some helpful information below. Read on to learn more!

What Causes A Car To Overheat?

Engines often overheat due to problems with their cooling systems, like a leak, damaged water pump, faulty radiator fan, or clogged coolant hose. When heat can’t escape, the engine’s temperature surpasses normal levels and can result in permanent damage. Routine maintenance can help ensure each component of your engine is functioning properly. Schedule a tune-up at Miracle CDJR’s on-site Service Center today!

Signs Your Engine Is Overheating

The following signs point to an overheated engine, so be on the lookout!

  • Hood hot to the touch
    While your vehicle’s hood should feel warm when the engine is running, if you can’t touch it for more than 10 seconds without burning your hand, it is too hot.
  • Warning light illuminated or rising temperature gauge
    If the light is flashing or the gauge has reached its maximum level, your engine’s temperature has climbed above normal levels.
  • Loud ticking noise
    When oil overheats, it cannot properly lubricate your engine and you may hear a ticking sound.
  • Coolant on the ground
    If you notice coolant on the ground under your vehicle, you may have a cooling system leak. Or your radiator’s overflow tank released some coolant to relieve pressure in an overheated engine.

What To Do When Your Car Is Overheating

If your vehicle overheats, our service professionals recommend the following:

  1. Turn off the air conditioner and turn on the heat to direct heat away from the engine.
  2. Safely pull over as soon as you can.
  3. Turn off your engine so that it can cool down for at least 15 minutes
  4. In the meantime, call your mechanic or trusted Service Center.
  5. Top off radiator fluid if you have it.
  6. Restart your car and drive to the nearest repair shop.

Have More Questions About Your Car Overheating? Call Today!

Proper vehicle maintenance is key to keeping your vehicle running right. And here at Miracle Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, it’s never been more convenient! Our trusted team is here to help, so schedule your service appointment today!

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