What to do if your car overheats
A hot climate, long hours stuck in traffic and a bad habit of not regularly maintaining your car; they’re three of the most common reasons why your car could overheat. There’s nothing worse than seeing the water-temperature gauge rise into the red zone or
Turn off the engine and leave it to cool down, with the bonnet open.
Don’t try and open the radiator cap! That warning sticker is there for a reason. Pressure would have built up and you could get badly burnt by the steam or radiator fluid spewing out.
Check the coolant level. Look for the plastic reservoir of coolant that’s connected to the radiator. There should be markings that indicate whether or not your coolant level is too low. Top up if necessary.
Wait a while before starting your car again. If the problem persists, call a roadside-assist company and have your car checked for a coolant leak at a dealer or service centre.