The worst time for a car to become overheated is in the winter cold in Michigan. In addition, even in the dead of winter, your car can possibly overheat. Here is a list of four things that you need to when your car overheats in Wayne, Garden City, or Livonia.
1) Stop the car
Once you notice that your temperature gauge is abnormally high, then you should pull over when it is safe to do so. Next, you should turn the car off to give the engine time to cool down.
2) Release the heat
Carefully open your hood so that the heat can be released. If steam is coming from the radiator cap, be extra careful because it could burn you. Allow your car to cool.
* Do not open the radiator pressure cap if your engine is still hot. *
3) Check your coolant reservoir
If your car is low on coolant, then add coolant to your reservoir until it is to the full line.
4) Call for help.
It is better to be safe than sorry. Driving while your car is still overheated can cause more damage.
Car overheating can be an annoying issue even during the winter months. By following the four steps we laid out here it can help deal with this issue. Of course, Mr. Muffler of Westland can provide you with services to help maintain your vehicle all winter long.
If your car is just low on coolant, then it may safe to drive. To be on the safe side, take your car to Mr. Muffler to get your cooling system pressure-tested or for other full service auto repair services. Pressure-testing your cooling system can help diagnose possible leaks or other problems with your cooling system. Contact Mr. Muffler today to get your overheated vehicle in Wayne County serviced.