When your car overheats, try to see a mechanic as soon as possible before your engine shows you its dissatisfaction!
You're stuck in a traffic jam, and the only thing that moves is the needle on your car's temperature gauge, which slowly but steadily moves towards the red zone. This is a situation you could do without. Do not panic! An overheating car doesn't always mean disaster.
When an auto overheats, the first thing to do is to contact an auto repair professional so that they can take a look at your vehicle to diagnose the problem. Chances are there are several solutions available to you, and one of them may save you from having to break the bank. Several factors come into play here. Ideally, it is always best to have the necessary repairs done as soon as possible to avoid a major problem. An overheating car can be a symptom of many things, some being more serious than others. Your mechanic will be able to quickly give you the correct information.
If you can't go straight to a professional, mounting the heater in the car may be a temporary solution. This is because cranking up the heat to maximum helps remove hot air build-up from the engine and may lessen the effects of excess heat - at least until you can see your mechanic. The engine temperature might even return to normal. Opening the windows will help you not to turn the vehicle into a sauna!
One item you will definitely want to have your professional checked is the hose, which circulates the antifreeze (or coolant) through the engine. A defective hose will reduce the amount of refrigerant flowing through it. The hose may have become ill-fitting over time, or may have become stuck. On the other hand, it is more likely that the hose has come loose or disconnected than that it is blocked.
Other factors can explain an overheating auto problem. If your car is old or showing signs of wear, it is advisable to maintain a good level of antifreeze at all times. To make sure, have your mechanic check fluid levels - including antifreeze - twice a year, when you get your tires changed in the spring and fall, for example. However, if the level of antifreeze is sufficient and your car is overheating anyway, it may be time to replace the engine or transmission, which will result in substantial costs. In any case, quickly consulting an auto repair professional when your car overheats is the best thing to do.