What Causes a Car To Overheat?

A car's engine is designed to operate within a specific temperature range. When the temperature rises too high, the engine starts to overheat and can cause severe damage. This article will discuss what could be causing your car to overheat and how regular maintenance can help prevent it.

What Can Cause a Car to Overheat?

Several issues can cause a car to overheat. These include:

  • Low coolant levels: Coolant is the liquid responsible for regulating your engine's temperature. If the coolant level drops too low, it won't be able to do its job correctly, and the engine starts to heat up.
  • Low oil levels: Engine oil helps cool and lubricate the components of your engine, so if the oil is running low, it won't be able to do its job properly. This will cause the engine to overheat.
  • Failed thermostat: The thermostat controls the coolant flow in and out of the engine. If it fails, then the coolant won't be able to circulate properly, and your engine will overheat.
  • Blocked radiator: The radiator is responsible for dissipating heat from the coolant. If it becomes blocked with debris, such as leaves or dirt, this will restrict the coolant flow and cause the engine to overheat.
  • Faulty water pump: A faulty water pump will not be able to circulate coolant properly, leading to an overheating engine.
  • Clogged or leaking hoses: Coolant hoses carry the coolant around your engine. If they become clogged or leak, this will cause a build-up of heat and pressure, leading to an overheated engine.

An overheating engine can lead to severe damage, so it's crucial to identify and address the issue quickly.

Prevent Overheating with Regular Maintenance

To prevent your engine from overheating, it's important to keep up with regular maintenance. We invite you to bring your car to Prestige Autohaus for regular check-ups and tune-ups.