When your vehicle overheats, it simply means the engine is running too hot. Continuing to drive with an overheated engine can lead to serious (and expensive) damage. At the first sign of your vehicle overheating, you need to be smart about what you do next.
Temperature Warning Systems
All vehicles are equipped with a temperature gauge and warning lights that will display on your dashboard or onboard computer display. If the engine is running hot, it should let you know. Sometimes your check engine light may come on, as well. If you continue to drive, you run the risk of the engine actually overheating. In this case, you'll usually see steam coming from under the hood and the car will perform very poorly).
What to Do if Your Car Overheats
If your car is overheating (or coming close to it), the best recommendation is to pull over, turn off the engine and let it cool down. You can check your radiator fluid level, but be extremely careful. Remember that super hot steam and pressure will have built up in your radiator. Never ever touch the radiator cap with your bare hands and take extreme precaution when turning it unless the car is 100% cooled down. If the level is low, you can try putting in some water and/or coolant.
If the overheating persists, it is a sign that you have a problem within your engine or with your cooling system. Your cooling system pumps the water/coolant mixture through the system with precise timing. If any component is failing or off-time, it will lead to problems.
Roadside Assistance and Cooling System Repairs
It is a good idea to call for roadside assistance in any case where the car is regularly overheating. Let a professional take a look and provide recommendations. If you are in the Fairbanks area, call Simard Automotive for help. We can bring your vehicle into one of our two local auto repair shops for a thorough inspection of the engine and cooling system. We can get to the source of any problems and make the repairs as needed, so you can get back on the road with a car that won't continue to overheat. Most importantly, if you deal with the problems early on, it can prevent significant engine damage that will be very costly to repair. It's better to deal with a minor repair now than a major repair later!
If you car is overheating or running hotter than it should, call Simard Automotive for engine and cooling system expertise you can depend on. Contact one of our repair centers today at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Avenue shop) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Road shop). Or, schedule your service appointment online.