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My car overheated what do I do?

If your car has overheated, it's crucial to address the issue promptly to prevent further damage. Here's what you can do:

1. Pull Over Safely: As soon as you notice the temperature gauge rising or steam coming from under the hood, safely pull over to the side of the road or into a parking lot. Turn off the engine immediately to prevent further overheating.

2. Allow Engine to Cool: Do not attempt to open the hood right away, as it can be extremely hot and dangerous. Allow the engine to cool down for at least 30 minutes before attempting to open the hood.

3. Check Coolant Level: Once the engine has cooled, carefully open the hood and check the coolant reservoir. If it's low, add coolant to the appropriate level. Be cautious, as the radiator and coolant can still be hot.

4. Inspect for Leaks: Look for any signs of coolant leaks under the car or around the engine. Leaks can indicate a damaged hose, radiator, or water pump, which will need to be repaired by a professional at Wayside Garage in Seaside, CA.

5. Check Other Fluid Levels: While you're under the hood, it's a good idea to check other fluid levels like oil and transmission fluid to ensure they're at the proper levels.

6. Restart with Caution: After adding coolant and ensuring there are no leaks, you can attempt to restart the engine. Monitor the temperature gauge closely. If it starts to rise again, turn off the engine immediately and seek assistance.

7. Seek Professional Help: If you're unable to resolve the issue or if the overheating recurs, it's best to call a towing service or roadside assistance for help. Continuing to drive a vehicle that's overheating can cause serious damage to the engine.

Remember, safety is number one, so always prioritize pulling over to a safe location and taking precautions when dealing with a hot engine.

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