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

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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.

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