Can An Overheating Car Be Fixed?

Smoke coming from an overheating car

The number one rule of an overheating car is to respond quickly. The sooner you address the cause of a hot engine, and the less you drive until it’s fixed, the better. But, how do you know your engine is overheating, and how can you fix the problem? We’re revealing all in this quick guide.

How far can you drive an overheating car?

If your car is getting hot while you’re on a road trip, or worse, en-route to an important appointment, we understand you might want to power through until you reach your destination. Overheating is classed as an emergency situation and shouldn’t be ignored. You should stop as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Can an engine survive overheating?

Yes – as long as you respond quickly and don’t let your car go into full meltdown mode, it should be repairable. Too much heat can result in further complications, such as cracks leading to significant oil leaks or loss of performance. From cracked pistons to melted cables and damage to the fuel system, if your car has overheated make sure to get it checked by a professional mechanic. They will be able to check for any damage, giving you peace of mind.

How do you know if your car is overheating?

Temperature gauge: If your temperature gauge is in the red, your engine is overheating.

Warning light: Dashboard warning lights help alert you when something is wrong and needs instant attention. If you see the engine temperature light appear in red, you should seek out a mechanic as soon as possible.

Bonnet feels hot: It’s normal for your car to become hot after driving. However, if your hand touches the bonnet and you feel a burning sensation, it could be a sign your engine is overheating. If you see steam coming from the bonnet, this is a sure-fire sign something is wrong.

Leaking coolant: Something as simple as low coolant levels could cause your engine to melt down. If you notice that your car is getting through coolant quite quickly, you may have a leak. Your local mechanic can check this.

Ticking sound: A lack of lubrication can cause the moving engine parts to run less smoothly and increase friction. A ticking sound could be a sign that oil levels are low.

Got a problem with your engine? Contact the team at Vital Vehicle Care today. We’re a trusted mechanic.

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