Why Is My Car Overheating?

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Your car overheating is a serious problem that can be caused by a number of different issues like a leak in the cooling system, coolant overheating, or an issue with the radiator. If you start your and see that it’s temperature gauge is reading far higher than normal, immediately turn it off. Driving a car that is overheating can put you in danger on Conway roads and damage the vehicle. Learn more about what causes a car to overheat from the Beach Automotive Group service team below. 

What Causes a Car to Overheat?

The answer to “why is my car overheating?” varies from Murrells Inlet driver to driver. Some of the most common reasons for overheating are: 

  • A leaking cooling system – This is the most common reason. The cooling system is made up of the radiator, hoses, water pump, head gasket, and thermostat housing in your car, and all are susceptible to leaks.
  • There’s a problem with your coolant – Coolant-to-water ratios have to be 50/50. If you have the wrong coolant or ratio, then your coolant overheating can overheat your car.
  • There’s a blockage in the coolant hose – Dirt and debris can get into your cooling system on Florence roads and block your coolant hose.
  • There’s an issue with the radiator – Radiators can get blockages, leaks, or have problems with their fans. Anything wrong with the radiator could cause a car to overheat. 
  • Your car’s water pump is broken – Your car’s water pump pushes engine coolant through the cooling system. If your pump shaft is shifted or your pump gets a leak, it can result in overheating.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and ask. 

What to Do When a Car Overheats

Unfortunately, your car may overheat while you’re driving around Myrtle Beach. When this happens, turn off your AC and run the heat at full blast. This will vent heat from the engine. Then, pull over somewhere safe as soon as possible and turn off your vehicle. Don’t touch your hood or attempt to pop it until the engine has had a chance to cool, at least half an hour. Finally, call a towing service to pick up your car and take it to a mechanic. 

Beach Automotive Group Has Got You Covered 

Still asking, “but why is my car overheating?” The best way to know is to have a professional check your vehicle. Schedule service at either our Ford or Volvo location today!

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