Summer is here, and that means the temperatures are on the rise, but hopefully it’s not the same for your car. Today, we look at some common reasons why your car may be overheating, and solutions for the problem. Although there can be many different causes of an overheating issue, the reason your engine is overheating is because something inside the cooling system is preventing the absorption, transportation or release of heat. Here are some reasons why heat isn’t leaving your engine compartment:
Leak in the Cooling System-
This is one of the main causes of engine overheating. If you get in any components of the cooling system, your engine isn’t going to be able to cool properly. The best thing to do is bring your vehicle in to Integrity Automotive to have it assessed for a leak inspection. Once the leak is found, our technicians will be able to recommend the best repairs for the job. Overall, leaks can be a tricky issue due to the fact that sometimes they are so subtle it’s almost impossible to find a trail back to the source. However, that’s also not always the case as well. This is why we recommend to bring it in for an inspection because these types of things can be tricky to diagnose on your own.
You can have problems with your coolant even if there isn’t a leak in the system. If you put the wrong type of coolant in your car, or if the coolant-to-water ratio is off, your engine may have performance problems. We can always flush the system and add the proper mixture recommended by your owner’s manual.
If there’s no leak, and the coolant is okay, the next thing you’ll want to have checked is the coolant hose. Sometimes dirt or debris can get into your coolant department and block the flow of fluid through your hoses.
Another common cause of engine overheating is a problem with your radiator. Leaks, clogs, or problems with the radiator fan could mean that heat can’t properly escape your vehicle, which could lead to overheating. Our technicians will be able to diagnose exactly what’s wrong with your radiator and determine what needs to be done to correct the problem.
Broken Water Pump-
The water pump helps propel engine coolant throughout your cooling system kind of like how the heart pumps blood out to the rest of the body. Any issue associated with the water pump can lead to overheating. Common water pump problems include leaks, shifting of the pump shaft, or eroded impeller vanes.
If you notice your car is overheating, pull over somewhere safe and turn your car off. Have your vehicle towed from that point on to Integrity Automotive right away because it is not safe to drive. If you have any further questions about a potential overheating issue with your vehicle, please call us at 317-573-0107 and we will help you get it worked out.