• What to Do When Your Car Overheats

    June 15, 2021
  • Woman in blue jeans and a red t-shirt standing next to a blue car that is smoking on the side of the road in Springfield, IL.

    For the most part, today’s vehicles can last decades when taken care of properly, however, failing cooling systems are common, and when that happens, your car can begin to overheat, destroying your vehicle’s engine. When this happens, you can rely on your local auto repair experts at Jack Stoldt Auto Services Center in Springfield, IL. We have years of experience when it comes to keeping your vehicle running, so what are you waiting for? Bring your car in today and we will restore your cooling system to prevent any overheating from happening in the future.

    Turn on the Heater

    This may seem counterintuitive, but it has actually been proven that turning on the heater in your vehicle draws the heat away from your engine and into your car. While this is only a temporary solution when you cannot immediately pull over, it is still an effective way to decrease the heat coming from your vehicle or reverse the overheating completely until you can see a professional. Stop by Jack Stoldt Auto Services Center in Springfield, IL and we’ll take care of your overheated vehicle in no time.

    Man in a blue long sleeve opening the hood of their car that is smoking on the side of a road near a field in Springfield, IL.Pull Over if Overheating

    If you notice that your car is overheating, whether by the dial on the dash of your vehicle or due to smoke coming from the engine, immediately turn on your hazard lights and pull over to the side of the road. When your car overheats, it is only a matter of time before your car turns off immediately, and the last thing you want is your vehicle shutting off in the middle of an intersection. Once you have pulled over, call your trusty local mechanics at Jack Stoldt Auto Services Center in the Springfield, IL area. We have the expertise to identify and solve any issue with your vehicle so that you can get back on the road.

    Add Coolant

    If you have any spare coolant in the trunk of your vehicle, try adding some to your vehicle to decrease the temperature of the engine. If your car is overheating, wait at least 15 minutes before opening the hood or touching any of the exposed parts, as the heat can instantly burn your hands if not careful. After the engine has cooled down, open the radiator cap and slowly had coolant to your vehicle until it reaches the “fill” line. Once you have added the coolant, close the hood and turn on your engine. This should stop your car from overheating right away, however, our experts at Jack Stoldt Auto Services Center in Springfield, IL recommend bringing your vehicle in immediately to have it properly inspected.

    Auto repair mechanic in a blue jumpsuit holding a clipboard and looking at the engine of an overheating car in Springfield, IL.Drive to an Auto Repair Shop

    If your car begins to overheat while you are driving, immediately take it to the nearest auto repair shop to have it inspected. While you may be able to make it home safely if you are close enough, chances are your vehicle is going to need to be inspected by a professional before you’re able to operate it again. Don’t worry, the experts at Jack Stoldt Auto Services Center in Springfield, IL are here to help get you back on the road as fast and safely as possible.

    Call our shop today at (217) 522-9113, and we will give you a FREE estimate on your next auto repair service.