Is your car feeling the heat?

July 19th, 2010 by

When temperatures soar, cars are not immune to the heat. Here’s what you need to know about a car that has a tendency to run hot.

For starters, maintain proper levels of coolant and antifreeze.

Then, if the temperature gauge in your car starts to creep up or you notice a puff of steam coming from under the hood, take action.

Turn off the AC and turn on the heater (yes, the heater!). This helps draw hot air away from the engine. If all goes well, you ought to be able to make it to the next service station.

If the temperature gauge does climb into the red, however, pull over and carefully pop the hood. (Warning: do not attempt to remove the radiator cap because the contents are under extreme pressure!) Be sure to give your car at least a half hour to cool off on its own.