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What Should I Do if My Toyota Overheats?

What Can Cause My Toyota to Overheat?

No matter how well we take care of our vehicles, we are all bound to experience some mechanical issues at some point. For some people, this will include their vehicle overheating. While it may be a scary situation to see steam coming from under the hood of your car if you are prepared you can better handle the situation. This blog is going to go over the possible reasons for why your engine may start to overheat and what you should do if your Toyota overheats while you are driving.

Why Is My Toyota Overheating?

There are many reasons why your Toyota is overheating. The most obvious would be traveling a far distance while it is hot outside. Another reason could be your Toyota is either out of or running low on coolant/antifreeze. If the cooling system leaks, a water pump breaks, or the thermostats fails, this can cause overheating. It is possible the heater core is plugged up, the radiator is having issues, or there are issues with the belts and hoses. As you can see, there are many reasons for why an engine may begin to overheat. Now, let us see what you should do if this does happen to you.

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Steps to Take If Your Toyota Overheats While Driving

Steam coming from under the hood of a vehicle

The first step is to remain calm. Locate a safe spot where you can pull over and turn off the vehicle. If you purchased a new Toyota within the last two years, you may still have access to the 24-hour roadside assistance perk through ToyotaCare. Take this time to call roadside assistance and remain in your vehicle until help arrives. The alternative is to wait fifteen minutes for your engine to cool down. While waiting, locate heavy duty gloves, coolant/antifreeze, and a rag/towel. When the fifteen minutes are up and the hood feels cool, put on your gloves, open the hood, cover the radiator cap with a towel, and slowly open the cap. Now, gently add coolant, replace the cap, and close the hood.

Get back inside your Toyota and turn on the engine. If the temperature gauge shows a normal temperature, you can begin to drive. Keep an eye on the gauge level as you make your way to your closest Toyota service center. While the problem may appear fixed, there is still an internal issue that caused your Toyota to overheat. Your Toyota should be looked at by a trained Toyota technician. If your vehicle begins to overheat before you make it to the service center, you are going to want to pull over and call roadside assistance or a tow.

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