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An overheated vehicle can be stressful, annoying, and dangerous. If your vehicle overheats due to the harsh summer sun, this post by John O Brown in Show Low will help you deal with it.

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How to Manage an Overheated Engine

Take a Couple of Preventive Measures

Before we jump into the tutorial in itself, it is crucial that we mention a couple of preventive measures you should take. It's essential that you follow them, since we're now moving into the hotter months of the year. Moreover, if your engine has overheated and shut down in the past, following these measures becomes imperative. Whatever the case, if you want to avoid an overheated vehicle and to be ready in case it overheats, this is what you have to do:
  • Maintain your vehicle properly. This includes a few things, such as taking it to a mechanic regularly, getting its cooling system inspected every so often, and changing the coolant and synthetic oil as it's necessary. These steps will likely prevent an overheated engine.
  • If you want to be more cautious, however, you should have a bottle of coolant in your vehicle, so you can employ it in case your engine's temperature starts to rise.

Know What to Do When You Notice the First Signs

Knowing what to do at the first signs of an overheated engine can be your life saver. But what are the first signs of an overheated engine? Well, basically, if your vehicle starts behaving oddly (for example, if it emits strange noises or if it's jumpy and heavy all of a sudden), it's likely that it's because it's overheating. To react appropriately to the situation, you should:
  • Upon noticing the weird behavior, take a look at the temperature gauge in the dashboard. If the needle is rising, then you've identified the problem, and the engine is definitely heating up.
  • The engine may be overheating due to stress. To alleviate some of it, turn the AC off and roll the windows down, so the engine doesn't have to work as hard.
  • If the needle in the temperature gauge is still moving up after a while, you will have to take a more drastic measure: blast the heater on to move some of the excess heat away from the engine.
Continue to check the temperature gauge to see if this is helping. If it isn't, move on to the next step.

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Keep Your Cool if You're in Traffic

If you notice that your vehicle continues to heat up despite your best efforts, the first thing you should do is find a safe place where you can park to deal with the situation effectively. However, this isn't always possible. It may be that you're stuck in traffic and are unable to move to the side. That's why, if you're standing still, you should allow your engine some rest by putting it in 'Neutral'. If you are moving, avoid slamming on the brakes or gas pedals; move at a slow and steady pace until you can move to the side of the road.

Dealing With the Overheated Engine Effectively

Now that you've made your way onto a safe spot where you can park and deal with the overheated engine, you will need to take a few different steps. These are:
  • For starters, you will have to turn your vehicle off in its entirety. Your engine needs to rest now, so give it some time to cool off before you continue with the next step. Ideally, you should allow half an hour to pass by, so you don't risk burning yourself. You can accelerate the cooling process if you pop open the hood of the car.
  • Once the vehicle is nice and cool, it's time to move on. To do that, you should take out the bottle of coolant you keep in your vehicle. Then, pour its contents into the vehicle's reservoir (if you need help finding it, refer to your manual). This will help since, as CarsDirect mentions, it will absorb the heat in the engine. After you've done this, you can drive your vehicle again.
  • Before you completely forget about this situation, it's recommended that you pay your mechanic a visit, to ensure there's nothing else wrong with your vehicle.

Browse AMSOIL's online shop or call John O Brown at (520) 444-2634 to place an order for the most effective synthetic oil in Show Low.


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