Reasons Why My Car Is Overheating?

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Are you starting to notice green fluids on the ground when you drive away? Or that your temperature gauge has been getting hotter and hotter? Chances are that you’re coming close to the overheating of your car—if it hasn’t happened already—and you will want to make sure you are prepared when it occurs. Continue reading to find out why your car is overheating and what to do once it happens.

Possible Reasons for Car Overheating

When the temperature gauge on your dashboard reads high, or a temperature warning light comes on, you have a cooling system problem that may be caused by a radiator leak. Some radiator leaks are easy to spot, i.e. a hole from road debris, but others not so much, as in the case of a pinhole-size leak. And because leaks can occur in many different parts of the radiator and can be difficult to find, we don’t recommend trying to repair a radiator leak on your own. The proper functioning of your cooling system is vital for your car, and it’s easy to miss the root cause of a leak. Rather, keep an eye out for puddles near your vehicle that could indicate a radiator leak, and if you see anything, fill up your coolant (with the correct coolant), and get to an auto repair shop as soon as possible.

Don’t Ignore Signs of Your Car Overheating

Your car’s radiator is responsible for cooling down the engine coolant as it passes through the cooling system. This means that proper radiator function is critical to maintaining the engine temperature. When a radiator problem is causing car overheating issues, one of the first things to check is the radiator fan and all the fan parts. If your radiator fan isn’t working correctly due to a broken fan blade or unstable connection, this can prevent the radiator from reducing the coolant temperature adequately. The fan may also spin when the engine is off, and that won’t help when it comes to preventing car overheating. In either case—broken blade or unstable connection—you need a radiator repair to get your radiator in working order once again.

Have a Problem with Your Car Overheating? We Have the Answer!

If there are signs your car is overheating due to radiator problems, then it’s vital to locate any radiator leaks or other issues and repair the problem quickly. If you don’t get the radiator repair you need, it could cause severe damage to your engine, transmission, and more. It’s much easier and less expensive to correct a problem with your radiator than it is to repair your engine or transmission. Please contact our auto repair shop today to schedule an appointment, or if you need immediate assistance with car overheating, come directly to our shop.