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 |  Jun 17 2011, 1:42 PM

Do you get a little hot under the collar when your car overheats? Well, it is the season – hot temperatures, long traffic jams on the way to the cottage, air conditioners cranked up. But all these things put extra pressure on your car, which can lead to overheating. How can you and your car keep cool?

The signs of a car overheating are fairly obvious – you’ll see the temperature gauge rising, a temperature warning light flashing, or steam billowing out from under the hood. There are a few things you can do to keep your cool and avoid costly repairs on your vehicle.

•             We know it’s hot, but turn off your car’s air conditioner.

•             To drain heat from the engine, turn on the heater full blast.

•             Pull over (into the shade if possible) and turn off the car.

•             Raise the hood to cool off the engine – but don’t do this you see steam coming out under it.

•             After 30 minutes, check to see if your coolant level is normal and add if needed. If you add water or coolant, see if any leaks on the ground as you pour it.

•             For interior leaks, see if there’s any wetness on the carpet.

•             Call for roadside assistance.

[Source: Consumer Reports]