Skip to main content

Too Hot to Handle (Vehicle Overheating)

Posted November 20, 2022 12:11 PM

In the hot weather, seeing steam coming from the engine compartment is something we all dread.  No one wants that to happen to them. But if you know the signs of overheating and how to deal with it, you may be able to reduce the risk of damage to your vehicle, maybe even prevent getting stranded on the road.

Besides the steam coming out of the engine compartment, here are a few signs of overheating.  Your vehicle has a heat gauge that may have a needle that can go into a red zone or up to the "H" (for High) position.  You may smell odors, perhaps a burning (could be hot oil) or a sweet smell (engine coolant leaking). 

When you encounter any of those signs, you know you have to do something to keep the engine as cool as possible to avoid potentially catastrophic damage.  Turn off the air conditioning and turn up the heat.  While that last part may sound odd, it helps draw heat out of the engine. 

If you can do it safely, pull off the road to a spot away from traffic.  Turn off the engine so it can cool down for a few minutes.  You may want to call for help at this point, then switch on the key to "accessory" position to see if the engine has cooled down to the normal range.  You may have to have your car towed to a service facility or, if there's one nearby, you may be able to slowly drive to it.  But keep your eye on the heat gauge and immediately stop if it starts to overheat again. 

The best hedge against engine overheating is regular maintenance.  When the cooling system and other engine components are working like they should, your chances of an overheated engine are drastically reduced.  Your service facility will keep their eyes open for leaking hoses, cracked belts, rusted pipes and other things so they don't fail at the most inopportune time.

Matt Davis Auto
875 US Highway 70 W
Garner, NC 27529
(919) 600-5125
http://www.mattdavisauto.com



Search



Archive

March 2016 (15)
April 2016 (4)
May 2016 (5)
June 2016 (4)
July 2016 (4)
August 2016 (5)
September 2016 (4)
October 2016 (4)
November 2016 (5)
December 2016 (4)
January 2017 (5)
February 2017 (4)
March 2017 (4)
April 2017 (4)
May 2017 (4)
June 2017 (5)
July 2017 (5)
August 2017 (3)
September 2017 (3)
October 2017 (4)
November 2017 (5)
December 2017 (3)
January 2018 (5)
February 2018 (4)
March 2018 (4)
April 2018 (4)
May 2018 (5)
June 2018 (4)
July 2018 (5)
August 2018 (4)
September 2018 (5)
October 2018 (4)
November 2018 (4)
December 2018 (5)
January 2019 (5)
February 2019 (4)
March 2019 (5)
April 2019 (4)
May 2019 (4)
June 2019 (5)
July 2019 (4)
August 2019 (4)
September 2019 (5)
October 2019 (4)
November 2019 (4)
December 2019 (5)
January 2020 (5)
February 2020 (4)
March 2020 (5)
April 2020 (4)
May 2020 (5)
June 2020 (4)
July 2020 (4)
August 2020 (5)
September 2020 (4)
October 2020 (4)
November 2020 (5)
December 2020 (4)
January 2021 (6)
February 2021 (4)
March 2021 (4)
April 2021 (4)
May 2021 (5)
June 2021 (4)
July 2021 (4)
August 2021 (5)
September 2021 (4)
October 2021 (5)
November 2021 (4)
December 2021 (4)
January 2022 (6)
February 2022 (4)
March 2022 (4)
April 2022 (4)
May 2022 (5)
June 2022 (4)
July 2022 (5)
August 2022 (4)
September 2022 (4)
October 2022 (5)
November 2022 (4)
December 2022 (4)
January 2023 (4)

Categories

Air Conditioning (7)Alignment (14)Alternator (4)Auto Safety (5)Automotive News (4)Battery (10)Brakes (11)Cabin Air Filter (7)Check Engine Light (3)Cooling System (12)Customer Detective Work (1)Dashboard (3)Diagnostics (4)Diesel Maintenance (1)Differential Service (1)Drive Train (5)Emergency Items (1)Engine Air Filter (2)Exhaust (6)Fluids (11)Fuel Economy (6)Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down (2)Fuel System (36)Headlamps (2)Inspection (3)Keys to a long lasting vehicle (2)Maintenance (45)Monitoring System (2)Oil Change (4)Older Vehicles (3)Parts (8)PCV Valve (1)Safety (6)Serpentine Belt (4)Service Intervals (7)Service Standards (12)Shocks & Struts (9)Spark Plugs (1)Steering (9)Suspension (2)Timing Belt (6)Tires (4)Tires and Wheels (31)TPMS (1)Transmission (7)Trip Inspection (1)What Customers Should Know (36)Wheel Bearings (1)Windshield Wipers (8)Winter Prep (1)

image-people-driving

OUR REVIEWS

 (30 Reviews)
image-quotes
reviewiconCar & Truck Care, near Clayton, NC

Great service and reasonable cost

, 10/10/2022

join our team

We are currently on the lookout for the following:

  • ASE Certified Technicians
  • Auto Parts Delivery Driver
  • Automotive Parts Counter Associate
  • Automotive Service Manager
  • Entry Level Technicians
  • General Service Technician
  • Janitorial
  • Management in both Parts and Service
  • Marketing
  • Master Technicians
  • Office Help
  • Outside Sales - Service
  • Outside Sales- Parts
  • Parts Counter Professionals
  • Parts Delivery Drivers
  • Quick-Lube Automotive Technician
  • Service Writer
  • Shop Foreman
  • State Inspectors
  • Technicians
  • Tire Technician
  • Tow Truck Driver
  • tire-track-image

    Get free Coupons

    Take advantage of these great offers!

    Oil Change Special

    $15 OFF Any Oil Change

    Good for up to 5 quarts of oil

    $10 off first time customers

    Make An Appointment

    Present this coupon at time of service. Not transferable and not for sale. This may not be combined with another offer or used for state inspections.

    FREE Alignment Check

    With the purchase of select tires

    Cannot be combined with other offers.

    10% OFF Military & First Responders

    Thank you for your service!

    Cannot be combined with other offers.

    partners

    ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
    IATN (International Automotive Technicians' Network)
    Jasper
    NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business)
    Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina
    Garner Chamber of Commerce
    ASA Member (Automotive Service Association)
    BG Products
    Car Care Aware