Picture this: you’re driving home from work after a stressful day, and all of a sudden your dashboard warning lights illuminate and you see steam coming from under the hood. It’s probably one of the worst feelings as a driver. An overheated engine can lead to expensive repairs, but what caused your car to overheat? Was it the hot summer weather or something else? Read on to find out what can make a car overheat!
What makes a car overheat?
Since almost all newer vehicles operate with a liquid-based cooling system instead of an air-based cooling system, hot weather is most likely not the cause of your overheated car. There are a variety of reasons a car may overheat, and most ultimately come from a lack of circulation within the engine’s parts. Common causes of an overheated vehicle include a cooling system leak, a blockage in the cooling system, under-concentrated or leaking coolant, or a failed water pump.
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What to do if your car overheats
If you’re driving down the road and notice the temperature on your vehicle’s dashboard gauge rising, immediately turn off the air conditioning and open your windows. This will help decrease the stress on the engine and help it cool off. If this doesn’t work, we recommend turning on the heater. We know, it’s summer and the last thing you want is more hot air blowing on you, but turning on the heat and blower will transfer some of the heat out of the engine and into the vehicle instead. If neither of these tricks work, you’re going to want to pull over as soon as you’re in a safe place to do so, open the hood, and allow the engine to cool for as long as needed.
If you’re vehicle recently overheated and you need to schedule a service appointment to have the cause of the problem identified, feel free to schedule an appointment at Matt Castrucci Mazda online or by phone at 855-299-1814. For more information, contact our team today!