What To Do When Your Vehicle Overheats

Most commuters in the Chantilly, VA area rely on his or her own vehicle to get where they need to be on a day-to-day basis.  It’s not uncommon to run into overheating issues while making it to your destination. Overheating issues can oftentimes happen during the rush hour commute when the roads and highways are packed with gridlocked vehicles. It is recommended that drivers have regular maintenance inspections done on their vehicle to ensure safety on the road for everyone.

At Casey’s Automotive in Chantilly, VA, we want you to be prepared when vehicle overheating troubles arise so you can safely assess the situation. Our team of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified technicians have come across some tips and tricks that can save you a lot of time and hassle when it comes to these situations. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind if your vehicle begins to overheat.

Keep a Spare Jug of Antifreeze and Water In Your Vehicle

When vehicle trouble occurs, it is always better to be prepared. With overheating engines, a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze a.k.a. coolant is just what you need to solve the problem.  One very important note to keep in mind is that not every coolant is appropriate for every vehicle. Make sure you refer to your vehicle’s manual, so that you may ensure you are carrying a coolant that’s suitable for your vehicle before making a severe mistake.

Turn on the Heater

This sounds extremely counter-intuitive, but this is the best thing you can do when pushing the envelope to get back home. By turning on the heat full blast, it relieves heat from the engine and distributes it throughout the cabin. This should prevent the engine from redlining for a short period of time. Just make sure to roll down all the windows and let the breeze cool you down.

Rev the Engine

If stopped in traffic for a prolonged time period, an engine may have the tendency to overheat. One way to counteract this is by placing the vehicle in neutral and revving the engine a few times. This promotes the flow of water and air through the radiator to cool down the engine at times like this. If you notice the temperature is not decreasing, bring it by your nearest Casey’s Automotive shop in Chantilly, VA or Sterling, VA. We will take a thorough look and find the cause to the problem.

Pull Over and Wait

If your vehicle is still pushing into the red and the warning indicator comes on, the best thing you can do is pull over and wait for your engine to cool down. Pop your hood open and wait 15 to 30 minutes before accessing the engine components. Allow the coolant reservoir to relieve built up pressure then refill with 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze.

If Your Vehicle Overheats, Bring it Over to Your Nearest Casey’s Automotive Shop!

At Casey’s Automotive, our team of automotive repair specialists performs a wide range of car maintenance services in Chantilly, VA, and Sterling, VA to get your vehicle running in tip top shape. One of the services we specialize in is inspecting your vehicle in full and making sure all fluids are topped off to optimize performance. If you are running behind on your factory scheduled maintenance (5K miles, 15K miles, 30K miles, 90K miles) or have never performed any maintenance at all, contact us at our Chantilly Shop at (703)-802-6300 or Sterling Shop at (703)-444-6900 to make an appointment today!

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