Why Does My Engine Overheat?

July 29th, 2019 by

Overheating happens more frequently in vehicles in the summer; however, hot weather isn’t the only factor that can cause your engine to overheat. Most commonly, a faulty cooling system will cause overheating. Here’s what every vehicle owner should do to keep it operating properly.

Insufficient or dirty coolant is one of the most common reasons that engines overheat. Make sure that your cooling system is flushed periodically and that it has sufficient coolant levels, especially before you embark on a long summer road trip. Leaks can occur if radiator hoses are old, so have cracked or old hoses replaced.

A malfunctioning or leaking water pump is another common cause. The pump circulates coolant through the entire system. A malfunctioning thermostat can also wreak havoc with your cooling system. Either type of malfunction, along with the loose radiator cap can cause an engine to quickly rise in temperature.

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