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What Causes a Car To Overheat?

When you are driving your vehicle, you want all to be right with it and you do not want to encounter any issues along the way. If you are in motion and begin to see smoke coming from underneath your hood, you know immediately there is an issue and you may become scared or even frustrated; knowing there is something you will have to handle. Seeing smoke one of the first thoughts may be that your vehicle is probably overheating… you know to pull over immediately, turn your vehicle off and access things, but then there is the thought of why this could be happening.

While you know there is an issue with your vehicle, you know that it is overheating and it shouldn't be… but you may not know exactly why this is happening. Here are some issues that may be occurring to cause your car to overheat.

  1. Leaks in Your Cooling System: This is generally the main reason your vehicle will overheat. Any small leak can lead to an expensive pair if you wait too long to take care of it.
     
  2. Bad Radiator: Any leaks or clogging may cause your radiator to fail which will ultimately lead to overheating.
     
  3. Bad Radiator Fan: This part is made to pull air across the radiator which will lower the temperature of the coolant; if you have a fan motor that is broken, or a fan clutch that isn't working properly then the temperature won't be lowered which leads to overheating.
     
  4. Bad Thermostat: This is a key component to your cooling system; if it is stuck in a closed position, your coolant won't be able to pass through and will become overheated in the engine.
     
  5. Bad Water Pump: This part is the heart of your cooling system… if there are leaks, signs of erosion, or any issue with this part it can cause your car to overheat.

If you notice any signs that your car is overheating you don't want to put it off. If you need engine repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!

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