What to Do if Your Engine Overheats
Thanks to all of the advancements within the automotive industry, we don’t have to worry about a lot of the problems people used to have to worry about when owning a car. But that doesn’t mean problems don’t still occur. One such problem that can occur is your engine overheating, especially during our hot Tampa, FL, summers. Thanks to advancements in auto technology, engines don’t overheat as much as they used to, but it still can happen, and you need to know what to do if it does happen so you can avoid any catastrophic engine damage. With that in mind, here’s our guide on what to do if your engine overheats.
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Tips to Avoid Engine Damage if Your Engine Overheats
All new Ford models have temperature gauges that you’re going to want to keep a close eye on while driving, especially in the summer. If you see the gauge heading toward the red area, or if a notification light pops up, you’re going to want to immediately turn off your air conditioning should you have it on, as the AC puts extra strain on your engine. If that doesn’t seem to be helping, you’ll want to turn on the heater, as that will transfer the heat away from your engine. We know, turning the heat on during the summer sounds awful, and it is, but it’s better than destroying your engine. If that doesn’t work and your engine still shows signs of overheating, it’s time to pull over and shut the engine down as soon as it’s safe to do so. At this point you’re going to want to get out to see what’s going on, but you’re going to have to take things slowly. Before you do anything else, let your engine cool down fully and don’t take off the radiator cap before it has, as that will be under high pressure and could injure you if you try to remove it. Instead, visually check the coolant tank to see its status. If it’s completely empty, you may have sprung a leak and will need to take it in to be checked out by experts like ours here at the Brandon Ford Service Department. If there are no signs of a leak, you can simply refill the tank with coolant/antifreeze, water or a mixture. Once you do this, you should be good to go, though you’ll still want to keep a close eye on your temperature gauge and you’ll want to consider taking your car in for service to make sure there isn’t an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Brandon Ford staff in Tampa, FL.