Bring the heat! (or don’t)

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at 4:47 pm
coolant reservoir in a vehicle

Why is my car overheating?

Now that summer is here, the temperatures will continue to ride. The temperature under your hood, though, should remain the same. If you’ve noticed that your car is overheating, it’s time to get to the bottom of what’s causing it. Check out a few reasons your car may be overheating below!

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mechanic posing by carCooling system has a leak: a leak in the cooling system can make the coolant run out, which of course will mean trouble for your engine if the problem is left unsolved. This is the most common problem but is usually a pretty simple fix.

Problems with the coolant: the coolant itself may be to blame. There are different kinds of coolants that vary from model to model, so be sure you’re putting the right one in as suggested in your owner’s manual. If the water ratio is off, this could also be a cause.

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Blocked hoses: sometimes the buildup of dirt and grime can cause the coolant hose to be blocked. If this is the case, try flushing the system and refilling the coolant tank.

Issues with the radiator: leaks, clogs, or problems with the radiator fan can also be to blame. Without the fan working properly, the heat produced from the engine will have a harder time escaping.

Broken water pump: the water pump is what pumps the coolant throughout the engine. If the pump is broken, the coolant obviously won’t be reaching the areas it should. If this is the case, you’ll need to have the car serviced immediately.

It’s important that if the temperature gauge on your vehicle reaches the red zone that you stop driving immediately. Continuing to drive when your vehicle is overheating can cause serious engine damage. Bring your car in to an experienced service technician and they’ll be able to get you back on the road in no time!

3 Responses to “Bring the heat! (or don’t)”

  1. Jarvis Bush says:

    When operating temperature of the speed machine exceeds the normal range, the vehicle’s engine is said to be overheated. An overheating affair is likely to damage the engine. The engine overheating can be because of multiple reasons. Low coolant, leaks in the cooling system, bad thermostat, radiator issues, blockage in the passageways of antifreeze- are some of the typical causes of engine overheating. Service the engine from time to time to reduce the chances of engine overheating. Engine servicing is important. But it is more important where you are servicing the engine. So, when you are servicing your vehicle’s engine, do it at a reputable car service center .

  2. Elina Young says:

    Useful suggestions,
    Depletion in coolant level could triggers malfunctions in the cooling system of the car.
    So, any signs which indicate that a car has some hidden issues in the cooling system should not be ignored.
    The hidden issues need to be identified and repaired immediately.
    Overlooking such malfunctions might trigger engine overheating.

  3. Kara D Spies says:

    2016 Kia Rio with no heat. I noticed it while driving, then the temp gage on dashboard went to red zone immediately, then fell to bottom and staid there. Engine didn’t seem to even be hot when I parked. There is a fan still blowing after the engine is turned off also.

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