Overheating Engines Part Two: 5 Steps to Take
Engines can, unfortunately, be quite problematic. A common problem seen in the summer months is overheating — in the first part of this series, we talked a bit about some common causes of overheating in engines. Now, let’s talk about what you should do if you think your vehicle is overheating.
- Turn off the engine. if you are seeing smoke and your vehicle doesn’t seem to be running properly, the first thing you should do is pull over somewhere safe and turn off the engine. Turning your vehicle off will help the engine cool down.
- Check the coolant. After you allow the engine to cool down, pop the hood. It’s important to not open the hood until you’re sure it’s cooled down. You should find your coolant reservoir tank and check the levels and add coolant if needed. If the coolant levels are not low, then you need to look at a few other problem areas.
- Check the hoses. If your coolant levels are fine, you should move on to checking the radiator hoses. You should carefully check these hoses to ensure they’re not damaged, disconnected, or simply blocked. If these hoses aren’t functioning, then coolant can’t flow to the engine, which can result in overheating.
- Turn the heat on: If you can’t seem to find or fix the problem, then you may try to drive to a nearby gas station or service center. If you absolutely have to drive your car while it’s overheating, turn on the heat full blast. This may sound counterintuitive, but turning the heat on will help direct the heat away from the engine and help it stay cool.
- Consider buying a new engine: If you take your car in for service and there’s a serious problem, you may need to start looking at used Japanese engines and transmissions for sale. Engines can be expensive but if yours is simply too far gone, you should look at used engines for sale. Finding a reputable engine importer can save you some money — used engines for sale can still be in great condition and can be easier on your bank account.
An overheating engine isn’t something you should ignore. If you notice a serious problem, make sure it’s fixed sooner rather than later. With Japan producing around 7.83 million passenger vehicles every year, you should have no trouble finding the parts you need to ensure your vehicle is in good working condition.
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