Why Is My Car Overheating?

February 25th, 2019 by

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Your car may be overheating from a leak in the cooling system to an issue with the radiator. There are many reasons why a car overheats. Each car has a “normal” place for their temperature gauge to rest while the car is operating, but most cars tend to operate between 195 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you start your car and notice the temperature gauge is registering the engine temperature far higher than normal, do not risk driving your car. Driving an overheating car can cause severe engine damage as well as risking harm to you and your passengers. Take an in-depth look at what causes a car to overheat with Beach Automotive Group below, and contact us if you have any questions.

Common Reasons Why Cars Overheat

An overheated car is a clear signal to you that there is a bigger issue with your car’s engine you need to take care of soon. Here are the most common reasons overheating might happen:

  • There’s an issue with the radiator – Radiator issues are another common reason a car would overheat. There could be a blockage, a leak, or something wrong with the radiator fan, and all could cause a car to overheat.
  • There’s a leak in the cooling system – Most often, a leak in the cooling system is what’s causing your car to overheat. The radiator, hoses, water pump, head gasket, and thermostat housing are all components of the cooling system, and all can be susceptible to leaks.
  • There’s a problem with your coolant – If the wrong coolant was put in your car, or you have an improper coolant-to-water ratio (50/50 is proper), your engine may be prone to overheating.
  • There’s a blockage in the coolant hose – The next possible culprit is the coolant hose. There are plenty of opportunities for dirt and debris to get in your cooling system on Conway roads. Unfortunately, this can cause blockages in the coolant hose.
  • Your car’s water pump is broken – The water pump sends engine coolant throughout the cooling system. Yours may be suffering from a leak or a shifted pump shaft, both of which often cause overheating.


Next Steps When Your Car Is Overheating

If you’re car starts overheating when you’re on the road, unable to pull over, there are some things you can do to make the situation better. If you’re running the air conditioning, turn off the air conditioning and run your interior heat at full power. It may be uncomfortable for the duration of your drive, but it will redirect heat off your engine. When you’re able to pull over to safety, you should not attempt to pop the hood by hand for at least 30 minutes. The best way to maintain your safety and that of nearby drivers is to call a towing service to pick your car up and bring it to your mechanic of choice.

You Can Count on the Beach Automotive Group Service Department!

If your car overheats, you can trust the experienced technicians at the Beach Automotive Group service department to get you back on the road in no time. Keeping up with routine maintenance allows you to catch an issue that could cause overheating and act preemptively. Schedule your next service with us, and be sure to take advantage of our applicable service coupons.

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