Well, firstly DO NOT open the radiator cap. If your car has overheated, the last thing you want is for hot gases to escape and scald you, potentially resulting in permanent injury or death. If you manage to notice that your car engine is overheating before it becomes too severe, then there are a number of preliminary measures to preventing a total overheating condition.
If your car’s engine regularly overheats, or you find that its temperature is regularly above normal, then you should have your cooling system diagnosed by a professional.
Book a service appointment at Mississauga Kia and we can quickly diagnose and repair your cooling system. You can also talk to one of our service representatives directly by phoning us.
Our dealership is just a short drive from Brampton, Oakville, Brampton, Milton, and anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area.
How to Cool Down Your Engine
If you catch it soon enough, there are a number of things to do to cool down your car before it completely overheats. Here are a few tips to prevent your car engine from overheating:
- Reduce the load on your engine. When you first notice your engine temperature going up, turn off your air conditioning and open the windows. Some people have the idea that turning on the A/C will somehow cool off your engine. The reverse is actually true! Air Conditioning puts a greater load on your engine, making it overheat more quickly (especially if you are in stop-and-go traffic).
- Turn on your heater. If it’s hot enough outside for your engine to overheat, then this is probably the last thing you want to do, but it can be necessary to save your engine! If turning off you’re A/C doesn’t help, then turn up your car’s heater and blower. It might get sweltering in your cabin, but more heat will be transferred out of your engine, hopefully cooling it down in time to prevent it from overheating.
- Rev the engine. If you’re stuck in stop-and-go traffic, your engine could be overheating due to improper coolant flow or airflow. You can remedy this by revving your engine while you are in Neutral or Park. This increases the flow through the water pump and draws more liquid through the radiator, cooling your engine down. If your fan is belt-driven and non-electric, this will also increase the airflow over your engine.
- Don’t ride your brakes. If you’re stuck in stop-and-go traffic, try not to accelerate quickly and slam on your brakes. Instead, crawl slowly and use your brakes as little as possible. This increases your engine RPMs, keeping your engine cooler than if you were idling the whole time.
- Worst case scenario: Pull over. If you think you won’t be able to avoid a boil over, pull over to a safe part of the shoulder and open the hood to let things cool off. If you have to, call the tow truck. There’s no shame in getting your car towed for service! If you own a Kia, you are already entitled to 24/7 roadside assistance.