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What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

When your engine overheats, you probably only have a few minutes to prevent extreme damage to your engine. There are various reasons your engine might be overheating, but it is important to be prepared to avoid repairs running into the thousands. Here are a few things you can do when your engine overheats that can make the difference between a minor inconvenience and an expensive visit to the auto shop. 1. Turn Off the Air Conditioner Turning off the air conditioner will take a load off the engine, reducing stress caused by the cooling system. If possible, crank up the heat in the car to divert heat away from the engine. This tip will work best if the air outside is cold. 2. Pull Over and Turn Off the Engine Find a safe spot to pull over and shut off the engine. Allow the engine to cool off for at least 15 minutes, during which you should keep an eye on the gauge if your car has one. 3. Add Radiator Fluid If you have radiator fluid, top off the contents to protect your engine fr ... read more

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