What to Do When Your Car Engine Overheats?

An overheated engine can not only disrupt a pleasant road trip but also lead to repair costs worth thousands of rupees if not rectified. Getting stranded in the middle of a highway with an overheated engine is not the kind of travel experience one wants. There are various reasons due to which an engine might overheat but fortunately there are also several hacks and preventive measures that could save you from a horrible road-trip experience. So, in order to save you from this situation, here are some tips that you can follow.


1. Carry an additional water bottle:

The most common reason for an engine to overheat is due to low level of coolant. Coolant circulates through the engine and keeps it cool; therefore, always keep a close check on the level of coolant and its condition.

In case you have missed to top up your coolant and you face engine overheating problem, then water can help in lowering down the temperature to a significant extent. Therefore, it is advisable to keep an additional bottle of water apart from drinking during those long road-trips.

P.S: Remember to let the engine cool down before pouring-in the water.

2. While driving, keep a close check on the temperature gauge. If you find that the needle is pointing towards extreme temperature then immediately take a halt. Switch off the AC, and then turn off the engine. After few minutes start your car again and if you find that the needle is still pointing towards the extreme side then you should not continue driving and must call for roadside assistance.

3. You can also turn on your heater at full blast and this might help you in covering a few kilometers to the nearest mechanic. Though the journey may not be very pleasant but, the reverse air-flow towards the engine might help cooling it down to a significant level.

4. If you see smoke coming out of the engine then, it is advised that you call for assistance and do not drive your car as it might cause severe damage to the engine. Park your car in a shaded place off the highway and open the hood of your car after it has cooled down. Generally speaking, an engine might take 20-30 minutes to reach a normal temperature.

5. Check the coolant reservoir, there might be a leak due to which your coolant level is lower than normal. Again in this situation, call a mechanic to repair the coolant reservoir/ hoses and do not continue driving with no coolant.

Finally to avoid engine overheating, one must replace the coolant at recommended intervals to prevent mechanical breakdowns. Check the level of coolant and top-up if needed.

Do-It-Yourself: Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled!Also, make sure that you don’t pour cold water into the radiator as it can lead the engine block to crack due to a sudden change of temperature.