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What to Do if Your Car Overheats

It happens sometimes before you know it. You are driving along in the hottest part of the summer, when all of the sudden, you notice the temperature gauge rising on your dashboard. You might even notice steam coming out from under the hood. Yes, it’s your car’s engine overheating. If you aren’t sure what to do, here are some tips and tricks when your engine overheats.

Car Overheating in Woodside

Tips for a Hot Engine

First, you can avoid a lot of problems with your engine if you get your car serviced regularly. One of the main reasons cars overheat is due to a hose failure or the failure of a sensor. If your car is regularly serviced, and your oil and fluids are regularly checked, your car is far less likely to overheat.

There are warning signs that your car is overheating. Check your temperature gauge regularly while you’re driving. If it edges into the red, it may be time to pull over. You might also notice white steam or smoke coming out from under the hood. You may also smell a burning or chemical smell, such as burnt rubber.

If any of those signs happen, you need to pull your car off the road. Have an auto emergency kit in your car that includes a container of coolant. You will also need a pair of gloves or a cloth to open the radiator cap. It will be very hot. Allow your car to cool down, and then remove the radiator cap to pour coolant into your radiator. This will help cool your engine down, but it is only a temporary fix. You need to get your car serviced right away. If you start your car, and the temperature gauge is still on overheated, turn the car off immediately and call for a tow truck. If you drive your car while it is still hot, you might have a huge repair bill on your hands.

When you are ready to get your car serviced, you need to come and see us at Luxury Automotive Club. We’re located at 61-07 Northern Boulevard in Woodside. You can give us a call to schedule a service as well at 718-737-7626.

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