There’s more than one potential cause if your car is suddenly overheating. Young Automotive wants to ensure that you’ve got the information you need to take the best care possible for your car. Here are just a few of the biggest reasons that many car owners end up dealing with an overheating car.
Your Thermostat Is Malfunctioning
One of the simplest parts in your car’s engine area is the thermostat. It’s also the part that you’re least likely to realize is the culprit when things go haywire and the car starts overheating. The thermostat controls when coolant circulates and when it doesn’t. If the thermostat is malfunctioning, coolant might be locked out of where it needs to be, creating a big issue. This is an inexpensive first repair that can solve a lot of issues.
Coolant Levels are Low
When coolant levels are too low, there’s not enough cooling fluid moving through the hot parts of the engine to get the job done. Double-check the coolant reservoir now and again. If there’s no fluid in the reservoir, you need to op it up. Watch also for a leak, especially if you’re topping that reservoir up more often than you expect to, like every single week.
The Cooling System Has a Leak or Block
The cooling system in your car is a complicated system of hoses, pipes, and components, like the radiator, heater core, and the water pump. If any of those individual pieces springs a leak, that means you’re not getting coolant where it needs to be, which is cooling the engine. Blockages in any of those areas also cut down dramatically on how cool you’re able to keep the car’s engine.
Blown Head Gasket
You really don’t want to hear at any point that your car’s head gasket has blown. This is a gasket that rests in between the cylinder head and the engine block under the hood. Its main job is to seal off the combustion cylinders and ensure that other fluids, like engine oil and coolant, don’t get into those areas. If the gasket fails, the car overheats pretty much immediately and it’s no longer safe to drive it.
Problems with your car overheating? Get in touch with us at Young Automotive in Sturgeon Bay, WI. We’ve got experienced technicians who can troubleshoot the issues you’re having and find a solution. We’d love to help you to get back on the road quickly and safely.