Fall is just around the corner, but the hot weather doesn’t seem to be holding up at all here in Tucson. For you, this means drinking more water and staying inside whenever you can. However, your car doesn’t get off so easy. You still need your car to get you from point A to point B without overheating. In this blog, we’re going to talk about how to prevent your car from overheating, as well as the steps you should take if it does start overheating.

How To Prevent Overheating

The most important thing you can do to prevent your car from overheating is to keep up to date on maintenance and ensure your engine is in good condition. Although extreme weather conditions can be hard on your car, generally, it should be able to run fine in the heat as long as it’s already in good condition. Engine oil helps to lubricate moving parts reducing friction and therefore, heat. Fans, belts, and coolant fluids all help to keep your car at a manageable temperature, so be sure to speak with a mechanic at Milex Auto Service if you’re concerned about this.

How To Know It’s Overheating

There are several warning signs that your car is overheating. First and foremost, you may see water vapor (which could look like smoke) coming from the hood of your car. Even if this isn’t due to an overheating engine, it’s typically a sign your car is in critical condition. If you look close to your gas gauge, you’ll notice an engine temperature gauge. This can help you determine the condition of your engine before it starts smoking. Also, if your check engine light starts flashing, this could be a sign that it’s overheating.

What To Do If Your Car Overheats

The first thing you should do if you think your car is overheating is to pull over immediately. Once you’re in a safe area, turn on your hazard lights and avoid opening the hood of the car. If you’re new an auto shop, your best course of action would be to call a towing company who can get your car there safely. If not though, you’re going to have to fix it yourself. If your coolant level is low, you’ll need to have it replaced, or if you haven’t gotten your oil changed recently, you should plan on doing that too. Never try pouring water on a car when it’s hot. The rapid change of temperature could crack and damage components resulting in an even worse situation.

Contact Milex Auto Service

When your car overheats, you need to come to and auto repair shop that you can trust. Milex Auto is your Top Rated Local® auto repair company in Tucson, Arizona and would be glad to help you with your overheated engine. Once your car is fixed up and ready to go, we’ll give you some tips for preventing overheating in the future. Give us a call today to learn more.