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5 steps to take when having engine issues

By Product Expert | Posted in tips and tricks, Vehicle Service on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 at 3:02 pm
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What do I do when my engine overheats? 

At some point or another, we’ve all dealt with annoying car issues. Some are even much more frustrating than others, like when dealing with engine issues. While these problems can be rare, it’s smart to know how to handle the situation if it ever arises. So, what do I do when my engine overheats? 

To make things simple, we wanted to give you a quick guide on what to do if your engine starts overheating. 

  • First, pull over to a safe spot on the road and shut off the vehicle. 
  • Since the engine and hood are still hot, wait a while until the car has cooled down before inspecting the problem. 
  • Check your owner’s manual if you’re unsure of where the coolant reservoir tank is, but first, check the coolant/antifreeze level in the radiator. However, make sure the radiator cap has cooled down before filling the radiator with coolant.  
  • Next, double check the radiator hoses to see if anything is broken, malfunctioning or disconnected. 
  • Try restarting the engine, and then keep a close eye on your car’s temperature gauge.  

Read more: How to change a tire.  

We hope this helps you out, but in case you’re still having a tough time, be sure to visit your local dealership for assistance. For example, we here at Palmen Buick GMC Cadillac have highly skilled technicians that can help get your vehicle looking and driving as good as new. 

Now that you know what to do when your engine overheats, you can learn more tips and tricks by following our blog 

3 Responses to “5 steps to take when having engine issues”

  1. Peter Powers says:

    A car engine gets overheated due to a variety of reasons. But the fact is, it is a syndrome which tells that your convertible has a serious mechanical error. Overheating is a kind of inconvenience that ruins the functionality of the nucleus completely. Low coolant, faulty thermostat, complication with the radiator- are the causes of the engine overheating. The motorist has to service his vehicle’s engine at recommended intervals to safeguard the engine again overheating. Browse this page- to get more enlightenment about the advantages of systematic engine service.

  2. Penny Albritton says:

    Thanks for the nice information regarding the steps taken after a car engine is overheated. Engine overheating generally occurs due to lack of coolant . So we should check the quality and quantity of coolant and if necessary replace it with suitable substitutes. In some cases coolant needs to be flushed. After engine overheating occurs, we have to pull over and turn off the engine. Then we have to turn off the AC and open the windows. Lack of coolant is generally due to a leak in the cooling system. So we must identify the source of leakage & repair it with the help of a professional.

  3. Amy Zahirski says:

    Engine overheating generally occurs during the hot summer days. To prevent this, we have to check the coolant level in the car and if it is found to be low, then we should top it off. When an car engine overheats, we should first pull over, turn off the engine and then call for help. Then we have to wait until the engine completely cools, then check the coolant/antifreeze reservoir and if needed refill the tank with new antifreeze. Apart from this,it will be better if we take our car to an experienced mechanic to properly diagnose and fix the problem.

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