Is your engine temperate gauge pointing to “H”, “Hot” or in the red zone? Is your engine warning light illuminated? Can you see steam rising from the bonnet? You may have an overheating engine.
A normal engine temperature range while driving is 90 degrees to 93 degrees (Celsius). It’s ideal for your car engine to operate within this range in order to run smoothy and efficiently. Damage starts to occur when the engine temperature rises above this range.
There are a number of different problems that can cause an overheated engine…
- Faulty radiator system; leaking coolant, build of debris preventing coolant to flow, leaking radiator
- Low coolant levels
- Defective radiator cap
- Faulty cooling fan
When your engine is overheating it is crucial to turn off your engine as soon as possible. Continuing to drive while the engine is overheating will cause significant further damage to your car.
Here are some steps you should follow in the event of an overheating engine.
What To Do When Your Engine is Overheating
Pull over to a safe location and turn off your engine
Allow time for the engine to cool before opening the bonnet. (Refer to the engine temperature gauge on your dashboard.)
Check your coolant levels (refer to Owner’s Manual to locate coolant reservoir)
Open radiator cap with caution as the cap may be hot and top up coolant levels with coolant or water – (use a towel or cloth to twist open the radiator cap – beware of hot steam that may escape)
Fill your coolant reservoir with coolant or water and twist radiator cap back on
Turn on the engine and monitor the temperature gauge – if the temperature rises to “High” or in the red zone again, turn off the engine.
See a mechanic to diagnose and fix the issue