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Today’s cars have sophisticated cooling systems equipped with multiple heat sensors and computer-controlled electric fans designed to keep your engine running in any weather. But what happens when the engine overheats? Typically, overheating is caused by a problem with the cooling system that doesn’t allow heat to leave the engine compartment. It could be caused by a leak or blockage somewhere in the cooling system or other components like rubber hoses, gaskets, and water pumps. Regardless of the problem’s source, don’t ignore an overheating engine. Serious, not permanent damage could occur.

What should you do if your engine starts to overheat? First, know what happens when the engine overheats, including:

  • Steam (may look like smoke) coming from under the hood.
  • The temperature gauge in the dashboard moving to the “hot” area.
  • Strange odor (leaking coolant often has a sweet smell) coming from the front of the car.

Taking the right action could mean the difference between replacing a $20 thermostat and thousands of dollars in major engine repair. Here are four things to do if your car is overheating:

  1. Turn on the heater. This helps draw warmth away from the engine and into the passenger compartment, lessening the burden on the engine’s cooling system. You may see the warning light go off and the temperature gauge returns to normal.
  2. Pullover as soon as possible. Pullover and turn the engine off to allow it to cool down. Wait to open the hood until it is cool to the touch to prevent getting sprayed with overheated coolant or hot water. To be on the safe side, you may also want to call a tow truck to the nearest auto shop. Otherwise, be patient as it takes about 15 minutes for the coolant, radiator, and engine to cool down enough to drive to the nearest auto shop.
  3. Add coolant (only if you have the right equipment on hand). Once things have cooled down, put on gloves and using a towel over the radiator cap, slowly push down and loosen it a quarter of a turn to release the pressure that has built up by the hot coolant. After the release of pressure, fully open the radiator cap and slowly add coolant (half water, half antifreeze) to the “full” line. Add coolant to the small overflow reservoir mounted on the side of the radiator too. After replacing the radiator cap, start the engine. If the temperature gauge returns to normal and the warning light goes out, you can carefully drive while keeping an eye on the gauge and light.
  4. Drive (or be towed) to an auto shop. Adding coolant does not take care of the problem that caused your engine to overheat in the first place. It is important that you have an auto technician trained in engine repair to inspect the entire cooling system. To help in the diagnosis, report everything that happened when the car was overheating.

How can you prevent an overheated engine? Have routine inspections of the radiator and engine and stay up-to-date with radiator maintenance as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer, including regular coolant flushes and exchanges performed on your car.

Need to know more about what happens when the engine overheats? Consult our ASE Certified Technicians at Auto Max of Oregon for more information about engine repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves vehicle owners in Canby, OR, and surrounding areas.

Wondering what happens when the engine overheats? Call the engine repair experts at Auto Max of Oregon to schedule an inspection of your engine.

Today’s cars have sophisticated cooling systems equipped with multiple heat sensors and computer-controlled electric fans designed to keep your engine running in any weather. But what happens when the engine overheats? Typically, overheating is caused by a problem with the cooling system that doesn’t allow heat to leave the engine compartment. It could be caused by a leak or blockage somewhere in the cooling system or other components like rubber hoses, gaskets, and water pumps. Regardless of the problem’s source, don’t ignore an overheating engine. Serious, not permanent damage could occur.

What should you do if your engine starts to overheat? First, know what happens when the engine overheats, including:

  • Steam (may look like smoke) coming from under the hood.
  • The temperature gauge in the dashboard moving to the “hot” area.
  • Strange odor (leaking coolant often has a sweet smell) coming from the front of the car.

Taking the right action could mean the difference between replacing a $20 thermostat and thousands of dollars in major engine repair. Here are four things to do if your car is overheating:

  1. Turn on the heater. This helps draw warmth away from the engine and into the passenger compartment, lessening the burden on the engine’s cooling system. You may see the warning light go off and the temperature gauge returns to normal.
  2. Pullover as soon as possible. Pullover and turn the engine off to allow it to cool down. Wait to open the hood until it is cool to the touch to prevent getting sprayed with overheated coolant or hot water. To be on the safe side, you may also want to call a tow truck to the nearest auto shop. Otherwise, be patient as it takes about 15 minutes for the coolant, radiator, and engine to cool down enough to drive to the nearest auto shop.
  3. Add coolant (only if you have the right equipment on hand). Once things have cooled down, put on gloves and using a towel over the radiator cap, slowly push down and loosen it a quarter of a turn to release the pressure that has built up by the hot coolant. After the release of pressure, fully open the radiator cap and slowly add coolant (half water, half antifreeze) to the “full” line. Add coolant to the small overflow reservoir mounted on the side of the radiator too. After replacing the radiator cap, start the engine. If the temperature gauge returns to normal and the warning light goes out, you can carefully drive while keeping an eye on the gauge and light.
  4. Drive (or be towed) to an auto shop. Adding coolant does not take care of the problem that caused your engine to overheat in the first place. It is important that you have an auto technician trained in engine repair to inspect the entire cooling system. To help in the diagnosis, report everything that happened when the car was overheating.

How can you prevent an overheated engine? Have routine inspections of the radiator and engine and stay up-to-date with radiator maintenance as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer, including regular coolant flushes and exchanges performed on your car.

Need to know more about what happens when the engine overheats? Consult our ASE Certified Technicians at Auto Max of Oregon for more information about engine repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves vehicle owners in Canby, OR, and surrounding areas.

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Auto Max of OregonAuto Repair Shop in Canby, OR

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1004 NE 4th Ave, Canby, OR 97013503-266-3246service@automaxoforegon.com
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