Why Is My Car Overheating?

Car Heat Gauge

There are multiple reasons a car would overheat, from a leak in the cooling system to an issue with the radiator. Everyone’s vehicle has a “normal” place for their temperature gauge to sit, but most cars tend to operate between 195 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you start your car and notice the temperature gauge is reading far higher than normal, do not drive the car. Driving an overheating car can put you in danger, and it will only cause bigger, costlier issues down the road.

Take an in-depth look at what causes a car to overheat with Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Peoria below, and contact us if you have any questions.

What Does It Mean When Your Car Overheats?

An overheated car is a clear signal to you that there is a bigger issue to take care of. Here are the most common reasons overheating might happen:

  • 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 Dunlap roads. Unfortunately, this can cause blockages in the coolant hose.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The engine oil needs to be changed – If your car’s hood is steaming hot to the touch, you may need to change the oil. When you don’t change the oil often enough, the engine can overheat due to friction and poor heart absorption.

What to Do When a Car Overheats

Unfortunately, your car may not overheat until you’ve already hit the road in Bartonville. If you’re running the air conditioning, turn it off and instead run your heat at full blast. It may be uncomfortable, but it will help pull 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.

 Woman Distraught Over Car Overheating

You Can Count on the Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Peoria Service Department!

If your car overheats, you can trust the experienced technicians at the Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Peoria 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 through our convenient online scheduler – we’ll even show you the right way to jump start your car while you’re here.

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