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What to do when your car overheats

What to do when your car overheats

Most cars have a temperature gauge on the dash. Some just have a warning light. The normal reading for a gauge is usually just below halfway. If your temperature gauge should read abnormally high, which I call near or in the red zone, there are some important steps to take to keep from damaging your engine and to keep you safe. It is not unusual to hear a little gurgling sound from under the hood, especially on a very hot day with your air conditioner on. However, puddles of green fluid under the engine are not normal. It does not take long to damage an engine when it overheats. If your gauge never quite reaches the red zone, then generally you need not worry about damage. However, if it is operated in the red zone while driving or idling,even for a few minutes, you can potentially damage or weaken the engine. First off you should form a habit of glancing at your gauges periodically. I usually look at all of them when I check how much gas I have. If you are dri ... read more

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