What to do if your car overheats
We face some pretty intense heat here in Central Florida, especially over the summer. That alone can take a toll on your vehicle, but it can have even more of an effect on your car when you combine it with highway driving, towing, or any other type of driving that puts more stress on your car. Unfortunately, if you’re not up to date on your routine car care then this can lead to your car overheating. Toyota of Orlando is here with tips straight from our service techs to help you deal with the stressful situation with a cool head.
Why does your car overheat?
Your car overheating can happen for a multitude of reasons, but the most common occurs because things simply aren’t staying cool enough under the hood. This can happen because of a lack of coolant or a leak in the cooling system, a broken water pump, problems with your radiator, or blocked hoses. When these issues arise, your engine gets too hot to function and typically will shut down. The damage can be fixable or permanent, but either way, it’ll cost money to repair. Here’s how you should proceed when you face your car overheating.
How to deal with this car care emergency
1) Pull over.
Never try to keep driving, hoping that you’ll make it home, if you see the temperature gauge rising. This can do serious and irreparable damage to your vehicle – the minute it starts to overheat, you should pull over and park in a safe space. Turn your car off, but don’t open the hood until the temperature gauge has dropped back down to cool and the engine block is cooled off. You risk serious injury otherwise.
2) See what’s going on under the hood.
Once your vehicle has cooled off, open the hood to take a peek and see what’s going on. You should check the coolant reservoir to see if there’s any coolant left and if not, look for any leaks or broken/disconnected hoses that could be preventing the coolant from getting where it needs to go. You can add coolant to the radiator, but be very careful taking the radiator cap off as hot steam may escape and could burn you (our Clermont Toyota service techs recommend using a towel or rag to take the cap off).
3) Restart your car.
Once you’ve checked things out under the hood and the temperature gauge is on cool, restart your car. If the gauge stays on cool after a few minutes of running, you can try to hit the road again (especially if you added coolant to the system) but watch the gauge carefully to ensure the temperatures don’t shoot up again. You should also book an auto service appointment as soon as you can to let our Clermont Toyota service techs get to the bottom of the issue.
4) Call a tow truck.
If your car immediately overheats when you turn it on or you see the temperature gauge climbing after you’ve restarted it and hit the road, pull over again and call a tow truck to have your vehicle brought to Toyota of Clermont’s service center.
Having issues with your car overheating? Let us get you back on the road in no time – call us at (352) 404-7001.