What to do if your
car overheats?

Be prepared in the event that your car overheats.
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What To Do If Your Car Overheats

While your best bet is to get help from a mechanic, your safest bet is to be prepared.

If your car overheats, follow these simple steps:

  • Do Not Drive More Than a Quarter Mile
  • Have it Towed
    This will avoid further damage to the engine.
  • Pull Over to a Safe Location
    Once in a safe location, turn off the engine.
  • Do Not Open the Hood
    Wait until the car has completely cooled or the temperature gauge has moved from hot to cool.
  • Check the Coolant
    Look in the owner’s manual if you are unsure where the coolant reservoir tank is.
  • Make Sure the Radiator Cap is Cool Before Opening it
    Slowly twist it off with a towel and beware of any hot steam. If needed, fill coolant to the top of the radiator. Put the radiator cap back on.
  • Check the Upper or Lower Radiator Hose
    Make sure none of the radiator or heater hoses have not been blocked, disconnected or burst.
  • Restart the Engine
  • Carefully Monitor the Temperature Gauge
    If you see it crossing the optimal mark again, pull over to a safe location and turn the engine off.

Store these essential items in your car:

  • Coolant
  • Tool kit
  • Working flashlight
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Water