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What to do if your engine overheats

During the hot weather, there's the possibility that your car could overheat. At the first sign of overheating, turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. This will lessen the load on the engine. Turn on the heat and blower if the vehicle continues to overheat. This moves the heat from the engine to the passenger compartment of the automobile.

If the temperature gauge is rising and you're stopped in traffic, shift into Park or Neutral and rev the engine a bit. This allows the fan and the water pump to speed up and draws enough fluid and air through the radiator. Your vehicle will cool off when there is an increase of liquid and air circulation. Avoid riding your brakes. Move along slowly in stop-and-go traffic. Braking repeatedly causes brake drag, and that increases the load on the engine which leads to more overheating. If traffic is crawling, drive up only when the gap between your car and the car in front of you gets too big.

If you feel that your automobile is about to overheat, drive to the right-hand side of the street, open the hood, and let things cool off. It's essential not to open the radiator cap and get burned. Also, don't add water until the engine has cooled off. 

Even though the hot weather is the usual cause of overheating, many other factors can cause the same issue. For example, if the water and coolant level is low or if there is a leak in the cooling system, overheating can happen. The team at Complete Automotive is happy to assist if your vehicle overheats. We pride ourselves in being the leader in the automotive industry due to our expert car service repairs and outstanding customer service. Our knowledgeable technicians are the best in the industry and have you covered. Please contact us with any questions. We are located at 2238 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, MO 65802.

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