Understanding what can cause your car’s engine to overheat can help you to do more to avoid that problem. Heat is disastrous for engines, even though they create heat. Here’s what Auto Repair Technology hopes you’ll find helpful when it comes to reasons your car might be overheating.
You’ve Lost the Head Gasket
The head gasket is a seal that has an incredibly important job and if it fails, it fails spectacularly and your car overheats almost immediately. The seal sits between the engine block and the cylinder head, ensuring that nothing from either side gets to the other. A head gasket failure means that you can’t drive your any longer, because there is no way to get coolant where it needs to go.
The Cooling System Has Issues
The cooling system can have issues in other ways, too. Pieces like the radiator, the thermostat, and any of a variety of hoses and clamps can fail or spring leaks. When that happens, the cooling system isn’t able to keep up with the demands of the engine any longer. It might take a little while for the engine to fully overheat, but it will happen if the cooling system has a problem circulating coolant for any reason.
You’re Out of Coolant
Something that you might not know is that coolant breaks down and it also “cooks” down. That means that even if you don’t have a leak, you still do need to occasionally top up the coolant in your car’s reservoir. It’s a good idea to check your coolant levels periodically so that you can keep up with what your car needs. Running out of coolant or even running low is not helpful for the engine because it leads directly to overheating.
You Need an Oil Change
Oil helps your car’s engine to stay lubricated and clean, but it also has another job. It helps to keep the engine a little bit cooler than it would be without oil, and that’s important. It’s a bit of a backup system for the cooling system, but it can’t handle the job all on its own. If you’ve gone a long time since your last oil change, though, your car’s engine might be running hotter than normal.
Is your car running hot lately? Let’s find out why that’s happening. Auto Repair Technology in Brook Park, OH can identify the issue and let you know what your car needs in order to run how it should. Call us today and set up a time to come in with your car or to drop it off.