What causes a car to overheat?

Seeing steam emerging from under the hood of your vehicle is a driver’s worst nightmare, and unfortunately, overheated engines are pretty common in the hot months. There are many conditions that can cause a car to overheat, but we’re giving out our best tips and tricks for preventing that from happening! Read on for details. 

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How to prevent your car from overheating

Check for leaks 

Although a leak in the cooling system doesn’t directly lead to an overheated engine, the two are closely related. When the cooling system leaks, coolant levels drop, allowing air to enter in and circulate throughout the system. When the air rises to the top of the cooling system, an airlock occurs, which basically means that big bubble is stuck in the cooling system. In turn, the coolant remaining inside the engine becomes heated, causing the engine to eventually overheat.

Change oil on time

Changing your engine oil on time is actually pretty important if you want to keep your car from overheating. Although it isn’t commonly known, engine oil is a vital component to keeping the engine cool. Oil lubricates the engine parts to prevent the parts from rubbing together and causing friction, and if the oil is old, it won’t properly do its job. Parts causing friction creates heat inside the engine, which can and probably will lead to overheating.

Make sure coolant is concentrated 

If you’re buying coolant from the store, you’re going to want to make sure you read the instructions before dumping it into your vehicle. While some coolants come pre-mixed, a huge variety of coolants available at the store aren’t concentrated. If the coolant isn’t ready-to-use straight out of the bottle, make sure you follow the instructions to get the correct concentration.

Adding coolant to your vehicle
Servicing your engine at 50000 miles

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Drivers in need of scheduling a service appointment for their overheating engine are encouraged to do so online or by phone at 888-611-6021. Those with additional questions about how to prevent your vehicle’s engine from overheating are invited to contact a member of our team today!

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