If you notice the temperature indicator on your car's dashboard rising, your car is overheating—not a good scenario. What do you do? Auto Excellence in Colts Neck, NJ has been providing auto repair services to Monmouth County for over 27 years, and they have some advice on how to take care of your car when it overheats.
Here are some tips on cooling your vehicle down:
- Turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Air conditioning taxes your engine, so turning it off will help relieve the strain. And opening the windows will accelerate the cooling process.
- Turn on your heat to the highest setting. This will transfer the heat from the engine into the car. Although it may not be comfortable for you, it benefits your engine.
- Pull over to a safe area and turn off the engine. If opening your windows and turning on the heat don't work, you need to shut off the engine. If you open the hood of your car, it will be extremely hot. The engine normally takes about 30 minutes to cool, so be careful when opening the hood. If you are uncomfortable doing this, call a tow truck and get your car to a professional mechanic.
- Check your coolant levels. If you decide to open the hood yourself, check the level in your coolant tank. It's a plastic reservoir that is usually near the radiator. If the levels are low or the tank is empty, then you may have a leak. If you don't have a leak, then the problem is most likely an electrical or mechanical failure.
Leaks and mechanical problems mean you need to take your car to an auto mechanic. Call Auto Excellence at (732) 946-9466 to ask about their auto repair services. You can also visit them online for information about their racing modification services and their work on high-end cars.