What Happens if Your Car Runs Out of Coolant?

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Just as the human body shuts down without sufficient blood flow, a car relies on coolant to keep it operating continuously and safely. When coolant levels become too low, your engine can be seriously damaged. To prevent this, follow the 4 tips below.

Tip 1: Check Coolant Levels Regularly

Check your coolant levels regularly in your car's overflow reservoir and in its radiator, especially before you begin a long trip.

Tip 2: Be on the Lookout for Leaks

Always be aware of any new oil or coolant moisture spots on your garage floor or driveway. If you find one of these spots, first check whether it has been made by coolant or engine oil. If it's coolant, make it a priority to have your coolant level checked immediately.

Tip 3: Check Gauges

It’s important that your coolant gauge never indicates an unusually high heating range on the car's engine temperature gauge. If the car's engine heat light comes on, pull over to the side of the road and check your coolant level.

Tip 4: Check the Coolant

Once you have pulled your car off the road because of an indication of overheating, check for a coolant leak. If you find a leak, immediately tow your car to a garage.