the temperature gauge rises well above halfway-point, park your car at a
safe place, preferably a gas station or a decent-looking car shop where
gas boys/mechanics can take a look at your car.
you’ve found a safe place to park:
open and let engine cool down on its own for at least one-and-a-half to
two hours. Do not open radiator cap as the cooling system is pressurized;
if you open it too soon, boiling coolant and water will gush out.
engine has cooled down, open it and check how much water and coolant is
left inside. Refill it to the brim and check for leaks from the radiator
core, the rubber hoses, or from under the engine itself. If there’s a
visible leak, don’t start the car. Have the car towed to your mechanic.
refilling with water and coolant, start the car and check if
temperature’s still rising. If it is, there’s a hidden leak. Don’t
risk driving it. Call a tow truck.
temperature gauge appears steady, drive off slowly but bring a gallon of
water in case engine overheats anew.
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