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What Can I Do If My Car Overheats?
.When you see the temperature gauge creeping into the red or a notification light glowing, immediately turn off your air conditioner.
.Should the problem persist, pull over as soon as you can.
.Turn off the engine and pop the hood.
.Once the engine has cooled, check the coolant tank. It’s usually a translucent plastic tank near the radiator. If the coolant tank is empty, you may have sprung a leak.
.If the tank is empty, carefully open the radiator cap. Place a cloth over the radiator cap to protect your hand, and tilt the cap away from you as it opens. Refill the cooled radiator with coolant. Do not pour cold liquid into a still-hot radiator — it could cause the engine block to crack due to the sudden change in temperature.
.If the coolant tank is full, the problem may be electrical or mechanical in nature, in which case a tow to the nearest repair shop is definitely in order. A leaking hose, worn or broken fan belt, bad water pump, or malfunctioning thermostat may be the culprit.