The Inside Scoop on why Your Vehicle is Overheating

An overheating car is cause for concern.  Overheating is particularly frightening when it occurs on a busy street or highway while traveling at a high rate of speed.  Thankfully, the auto repair experts will be able to find out the true cause of this problem, repair it and get your vehicle safely back on the road sooner rather than later.  Here is a quick look from our auto repair shop team as to why your car might be overheating.

There Might be a Problem With the Radiator

If your vehicle operates perfectly on the highway yet overheats in city traffic, it is a clue the radiator fan is the problem.  Your vehicle’s radiator vents the engine heat to the surrounding atmosphere by way of the coolant.  However, the radiator cannot work as designed unless the vehicle functions properly.  The radiator cannot be clogged or leaking.  If there is a coolant leak, the radiator will end up obstructed, preventing the coolant from moving into the radiator and subsequently exiting.  Furthermore, the radiator fan requires consistent airflow along the radiator.  A radiator that lacks air will not be able to work as designed and the engine cooling system is likely to overheat.  This heat moves into the engine, causing it to overheat.  

Contaminated Coolant or Blocked Coolant Hoses

Coolant hoses have the potential to be obstructed with dirt and gunk.  Even erosion from the components within the cooling system or the coolant’s erosion can block the coolant hoses.  This impediment reduces the cooling system efficiency and even causes the engine to overheat as the coolant cannot flow through the hoses as it should.

The Thermostat Might be Flawed

If the thermostat does not operate as it should, the vehicle has the potential to overheat.  The thermostat works in unison with the vehicle’s radiator.  The job of the thermostat is to control the level of coolant that moves through the radiator.  However, if the thermostat sticks or malfunctions, the radiator will not work correctly.  It is possible the thermostat will end up stuck in a closed/open position, creating a slew of problems including engine overheating.

A Broken Water Pump

The purpose of the water pump is to move coolant through the cooling system.  Poor coolant circulation decreases water pump functionality, causing the engine to overheat.  If you hear a high-pitched sound coming from the engine, it is a clue the water pump’s bearings are not working.  If the bearings are worn, the water pump needs immediate replacement.

Morgan Automotive Repair is Here to Help

If your automobile is overheating or has any other problems, do not assume it will get better on its own.  Instead, do the smart thing by reaching out to our auto repair specialists.  Our car repair shop will get your vehicle back to normal without zapping your savings or chewing up an abundance of your limited time.  Reach out to our car repair specialists today by dialing (209) 836-4909.

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