Problems That Will Make Your Car Overheat All the Time

You cannot afford to have your car, truck, or C/SUV overheat every time you drive the vehicle. Constant overheating will damage the engine. In fact, if the engine gets hot enough for a sustained period of time, you might end up with an irreparably cracked engine block. Vielhaber’s Garage is going to list the reasons why engines overheat all the time below.

Poor Coolant Circulation

If your vehicle has over 100,000 miles on it, it’s possible that the water pump has died and is no longer circulating coolant through the engine. When this happens, the engine overheats because there is no coolant to keep the engine temperature below 220 degrees Fahrenheit.

Malfunctioning Thermostat

You might also have an overheating engine because the thermostat is malfunctioning. Before the water pump can circulate the coolant, the thermostat must release it by opening its valve. If the valve is stuck or the thermostat is dead, you won’t have any coolant release.

Leaking Cooling System

Both the water pump and thermostat can leak engine coolant and reduce the levels in the system. Coolant can also leak out of old cooling system hoses, seals, and gaskets. Automobiles with a ton of miles under their belts may have corroded and leaking radiators.

Clogged Cooling System

Clogs in the cooling system will also make the engine overheat because they impede the coolant’s circulation. The radiator hoses can get clogged with sediment, or the radiator itself can get clogged with sediment. It’s important to flush the cooling system every 30,000 miles to prevent clogs.

Problems With the Radiator

We briefly mentioned above problems with the radiator that can make your automobile overheat. Aside from being corroded, clogged, and leaking, the radiator inlets and fan can also be clogged or malfunction, respectively. When this happens, you’ll have hot coolant circulating through the engine.

Poor Vehicle Maintenance

Finally, if you do not keep up with your vehicle’s maintenance schedule, you may have an overheating engine due to old motor oil that is no longer protecting the engine. The engine will also overheat constantly if the fuel pump or catalytic converter has gone bad. A leaking exhaust manifold can also create hot temperatures in your vehicle’s engine.

Vielhaber’s Garage is the best auto service shop in Findlay, OH, so call us today to schedule a service appointment for your automobile. We can inspect the cooling system and engine to determine why there is a temperature problem. Once we understand what the problem is, we will fix it.