Your car's engine works hard. And as it works, its temperature rises. The cooling system in your vehicle is responsible for channeling the extra heat out into the air. It circulates a liquid coolant (antifreeze) through your engine and out to the radiator to be cooled by air coming into your car's front grill. Why is a coolant system necessary? Because too much heat under your hood can cause serious problems and breakdowns, problems that can be prevented by a properly functioning cooling system.
What causes a vehicle to overheat?
You are alerted to your engine starting to overheat by a rise in temperature indicated by your car's dashboard temperature gauge. Often a vehicle overheats because not enough coolant is moving between your engine and radiator. This might happen in a car that's stuck in traffic, or one that's idled too long. The culprit could also be a broken thermostat, or a cracked radiator hose that's allowing coolant to leak. If you have a crack, you might smell the coolant or see a green puddle of antifreeze under your parked car.
Because vehicles will overheat more quickly in the warmer months, always check your coolant levels before heading out on a summer road trip. If at anytime you do notice your vehicle's temperature starting to rise, you likely have a cooling system issue. There are a few steps you can take to help keep the engine from overheating.
First, turn off the air conditioner to reduce the amount of work your engine has to do. You can even try turning on the heat. By doing so, the heater actually helps dissipate some of the engine heat. No matter what measures you take, you should get your vehicle into our shop as soon as possible. An engine that isn't being cooled properly has a higher chance of engine failure. We can help you understand why the engine is overheating. Getting your cooling system back in proper working order will help avoid a breakdown and costly repairs.
If you need cooling system repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today.