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Did you know that summer officially began June 21st? That’s when the summer solstice began and changed the seasons from spring to the hottest of all, summer! But with rapid weather change comes changes in your vehicle also; common problems during the summer are overheating engines and air conditioning failure. An overheating car is a sign that something is wrong, and you can be in line for major repairs if you ignore the issue. Today, we look at some common reasons why your car overheats.

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:

Leaks and Coolant IssuesThis is one of the main causes of engine overheating. If you get a leak in your radiator, water pump, hoses, head gasket or thermostat housing, your engine isn’t going to be able to cool properly. One of the easiest indicators of a leak is to check your coolant level – if you’re noticing your car is overheating a lot quicker because the coolant level keeps getting low, you may need to get your car checked out. Integrity Automotive can do a comprehensive leak inspection to determine where the leak is and how it will need to be repaired.

Radiator Problems– Another common cause of an engine overheating is a problem with your radiator. Leaks, clogs or a struggling radiator fan means that heat can’t properly escape your car, and it will cause the temperature to rise. Again, if there is an issue with your car overheating, the best thing you can do is stop driving it altogether to avoid further damage to the problem. Have your car towed to Integrity Automotive, and we will examine the vehicle to determine the cause of the problem.

Water Pump Failure– The water pump propels engine coolant throughout your cooling system. Common water pump problems include leaks, shifting of the pump shaft, or eroded impeller vanes. Any issue with the water pump will lead to an overheating engine.

 As previously stated, the best thing you can do is stop driving the car all together if you notice the car is overheating. Further driving can aggravate the problem already occurring and cause you more repair expenses. It is very wise to constantly pay attention to your vehicle’s temperature gauge while driving so you are aware of any potential problems that may occur.  If you notice a shift in the normal temperatures, give Integrity Automotive a call as soon as possible and we will get you taken care of. 317-573-0107