Overheating is the most common cause of roadside breakdowns. With temps hitting the mid 80’s in Chicago it’s more important than ever to make sure your vehicle is in peak condition for the upcoming summer months. In this article, we share what to do if you end up in a situation where your car is overheating and also tips on what to look out for.
What to Do if Your Car Overheats:
- Turn your heater or A/C to the maximum – this allows the car to cool down by dispersing the heat in the engine.
- If you happen to be in heavy traffic, shift the car into neutral – this draws more air and liquid through the radiator to help cool things off.
- It’s best to pull over to the side of the road and let your engine cool down. Major damage can occur when a car is overheating.
DO NOT open the hood until the engine stops steaming and cools down.
DO NOT open the radiator cap while the radiator is hot.
DO NOT add coolant or water to the radiator when the radiator is hot.
Reasons Your Car is Overheating:
Low Coolant Levels
This is the first thing to check since it is the most common reason. If it appears low you can refill the coolant, but if you are entirely out of coolant it may be best to tow the car.
Coolant Fan Failure
Is the fan acting sluggish or not working at all? This could be due to a bad electric fan or bad radiator fan switch.
Cooling System Leak
Check underneath the car to see if you notice any liquid. If so, you should take it to your mechanic to have them pressure-test the cooling system.
The thermostat needs to open in order to keep coolant flowing through. This is most crucial on hot summer highway drives.
Flushing your radiator is recommended every couple years so it’s in peak condition.
Water Pump Bearing Failure
Bearings eventually wear out due to the constant load from the drive belt or timing belt.
Check out this great video that explains how the engine cooling system works.
You can easily prevent overheating by checking your liquid levels in the vehicle’s system and maintaining it correctly. We don’t want to see you stranded on the side of the highway this summer. Call Rennology Motor Sport at 708-687-5258 is you are experiencing similar issues with your European vehicle.