Overheating engines can be hazardous. The car overheats when there’s a disruption in the cooling system. This issue can occur at anytime, whether you’re driving along the highway, speeding up or stuck in traffic.
You’ll know your car is overheating when you look at the temperature gauge is in the red zone, or when the check engine indicator pops up. A more obvious indication is when you see smoke coming out from under the car’s hood.
To avoid further damage, it’s important for you to specify the problem immediately. Below are some of the most common causes:
1. A Faulty Thermostat
The thermostat is a heat-sensitive part of the car that controls the engine temperature. It is basically the cooling system of your car. If the thermostat gets stuck, it will then cause the engine to overheat.
2. A Faulty or Plugged Radiator
Due to the fins and tubes of the radiator, the coolant’s temperature is reduced — therefore preventing engine heat elevation. So, if there are any interruptions or blockages, the radiator will malfunction and lead to overheating. A plugged radiator can’t cool properly because the system’s liquid circulation is not flowing well. Also, if the radiator’s fan clutch and fan blade are broken, the engine temperature won’t regulate properly.
3. A Defective or Broken Water Pump
The water pump is the core of the cooling system. Its main function is to propel the pressurized coolant through the engine’s cooling system. Any water pump malfunctions caused by eroded impeller vanes, a leak, or a shake in the pump shaft, can disrupt the coolant flow and result to the engine overheating.
4. A Broken or Loose Belt
Belts are linked to the water pump rotation to obtain the right speed for proper coolant flow. If a belt is broken or loose, it can cause the engine to overheat.
5. An Incorrect Coolant Concentration and Low Coolant Level
Using the wrong kind of coolant or mixing an incorrect concentration ratio of coolant and water can cause your engine to overheat. Always make sure that your coolant is at the right level because vehicles tend to overheat when there’s a leak in the coolant system. When it comes to getting the right coolant, it is essential to get advice from your vehicle’s manufacturer or from Meyers Auto Parts’ knowledgeable team.
Overheating can also be prevented by securing the pressure cap and making sure that the liquid in the system is at the right level and is working properly. Lastly, when the car is overheating, never touch or try to open the pressure cap with your bare hands!
If you have any questions about cooling or heating auto parts for your car, contact Meyers Auto Parts at (702) 431-8100 or email us at email@example.com.
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