Smoke. Steam. Shutter. Silence. Anytime your car runs into these problems, you know something is wrong. In fact, it probably means that your car has overheated. This can be caused by a series of issues, some of which are preventable. In this article we will offer insight on why your car may be overheating and how to prevent it from doing so. When summer is heating up, don’t let your car do the same.
Why is my Car Overheating?
Your car is built to regulate its own heat. In most cases, it will. It is equipped with a cooling system, fans and gauges in order to keep it from getting too hot. However, things do not always work correctly. Here are some of the reasons why your car may be overheating:
- Your coolant is low. This is the most common reason for your car to overheat. Fixing it is as simple as refilling your antifreeze.
- Your cooling fan is broken. The cooling fan regulates the heat of the radiator and when broken can cause major problems.
- Your fan belt is broken. This may be the reason your cooling fan isn’t working.
- Your radiator is clogged. If your radiator is full of gunk, it will not work properly. Even if your fan is working, your radiator won’t cool down.
- You have a coolant leak. You will either have to fix the leak or refill the coolant regularly. Keep in mind the leak might damage other parts of the engine.
How to Prevent Your Car from Overheating
There is much you can do to prevent your car from overheating. Practical and good maintenance goes a long way in keeping your car running right. Good tips are to:
- Get your oil changed regularly.
- Top off your coolant system with antifreeze.
- Get your cooling fan checked when you get your oil changed.
- Make sure the hoses are in good shape with no leaks or corrosion.
If you are involved in a car accident as a result of a car engine malfunction or overheating or because of someone else’s negligence to maintain their car, contact Hansen Injury Law for a free consultation. We will let you know if you can seek compensation for your loss and damages.