Why Does My Car Run Hot?

If your car is “running hot,” it could be caused by an assortment of different issues. No matter what the cause, an overheated engine can be extremely expensive and stressful to repair. If you’re noticing that your car is running hot, take a closer look at some of the most common causes and what you can do to correct them.

There’s a Leak in the Cooling System

A leak in your radiator, water pump, head gasket, hoses, or thermostat is the most common cause for an overheating vehicle. When these items leak, the engine can no longer stay cool when it’s running. If you are able to locate the leak, you might be able to seal it yourself, but it’s always best to take it to a professional mechanic like Meadows Automotive so we can assess the problem and make the proper repairs.

Coolant Problems

Sometimes, you can experience problems with your coolant even when there is no leak present. For example, if you accidentally put the wrong coolant in your car or the coolant-to-water ratio is off balance, your car could overheat. You can flush the system and add the proper mix of water and coolant to fix the issue. Be sure to read your owner’s manual to ensure you’re adding everything correctly.

A Hose is Blocked

If you’re unable to find a leak and your coolant seems to be correct, it could be a blocked coolant hose. Dirt and road sediment can sometimes get into the coolant area, blocking the ability of fluid to flow through your hoses. The best way to fix this is to flush your system and refill the coolant tank, clearing the hoses of any debris.

Radiator Issues

If there’s any kind of problem with your radiator, it can certainly cause your vehicle to run hot. These problems can range from leaks and clogs to an issue with your radiator fan. Each one of these issues means that the heat cannot properly escape from your vehicle, causing temperatures to rise rapidly. Be sure to take your car in to see a professional mechanic who can make the proper diagnosis and recommendations for repair.

Your Water Pump is Broken

The water pump in your car is designed to pump and propel the engine coolant throughout the car’s cooling system. If there is any problem with this pump, it can lead to overheating. The most common problems include a leaking pump, a shifting of the pump shaft, or erosion.

If you’re concerned about your car running hot, see the professionals at Meadows Automotive located in Waterford Township, MI or give us a call to schedule an appointment today.

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