speed gauge on car closeup with overheating engine warning sign

Tips to Keep Your Car from Overheating

With it being in the dog days of August, heat indexes are at their highest all year and you’re not the only one feeling it! Your car feels the heat too, and if you’re not careful your car may suffer from overheating. Here are some tips you can do to keep your car from suffering from overheat. 

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Turn Floor Vents on First 

It may immediately feel better to have the air conditioning cooling your face first, but hot air rises so if you turn on the lower vents first it’ll push the hot air out. After a couple minutes, then you can switch to the upper vents. 

man next to car with hood up and engine overheating with smokeAdd Engine Coolant 

Especially during the summer, you should check your car’s engine coolant to make sure it’s at appropriate levels. Simply find the coolant reservoir and see if the indicator lines show if it’s low or not. Note: never add coolant to a hot engine, if your engine is overheating, wait for it to cool down first. 

Turning on Heat 

It seems counterproductive on a hot day, but if you notice your engine getting a little hot, turning on the heat will pull hot air from the engine compartment. This is more of a quick fix and won’t solve the larger problem but it’s an option. 

Have Your Cooling System Flushed 

Even if you have the correct amount of coolant, mechanics recommend flushing out your old coolant to clean the radiator and add new coolant about every 40,000 miles or so. Refer to your owner’s manual for how often you should flush your system. 

What to Do if Your Car Overheats 

If your car does overheat, there’s only so much you can do. Immediately pull over and turn off the engine. If you can, call for help and let a professional fix whatever the problem may be. If that’s not an option, wait at least 30 minutes before opening the hood. Likely, your car is low on coolant or has a leak. 

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