How To Tackle Overheating In Your BMW Car
An overheated engine can be caused by multiple reasons. Usually, if your car is overheated, it points to an issue within the cooling system. The heat generated from your car might not be able to escape the engine compartment due to a clogged coolant hose, a cooling system leak, a defective radiator fan, or a damaged water pump. Regardless of the cause, an overheating BMW could result in serious and even permanent damage to your car. If you continue driving an overheated vehicle, you risk blowing a head gasket, damaging your exhaust system, busting a hose, your engine components melting and warping your cylinder heads. Therefore, if you notice that your engine is overheating, it is best to solve the problem as soon as possible.
Here are some signs that your engine is overheating:
- Steam coming from under the car hood. Sometimes the steam can resemble smoke.
- Take a look at your dashboard. If your engine temperature gauge is in the red or is pointing to “H”, your engine is overheating.
- If you notice a strange smell originating from the engine area. Leaking coolant can exude a sweet smell while a leaking oil might smell burnt.
As soon as you notice that your BMW is suffering from an overheated engine, here is what you should do.
Turn Off the AC and Turn Up the Heat
If your vehicle is still in motion, turn off the AC and dial the heat up to a maximum as you drive your car to a safe spot. This can help divert the heat away from the engine to prevent overheating until you can stop the car.
Pull Your Car Over
Find a safe location to pull over and stop the car to allow the engine to cool for at least 15 minutes. While you are waiting, check the temperature gauge regularly to make sure that it returns to a normal range as the engine cools.
Check Your Engine’s Coolant
When the engine has finally cooled, open the hood of your car to check the coolant level in the radiator. Important note: Ensure your engine is cooled down! if you check your engine too soon before it has a chance to cool down fully, you could risk severe injury. If you are running low on coolant, topping off your car with coolant if you have access to it can provide temporary protection to your engine and prevent overheating until you can make your way to a service center. Check your owner’s manual to learn more about how to add coolant to your vehicle.
Restart The Engine
Carefully restart your engine and contact a repair shop. To avoid expensive repairs, drive to a mechanic immediately and keep an eye on the temperature gauge as you make your way. If necessary, pull over and allow your engine system to cool again.
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