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Why is My Car Overheating?

Overheating Car Engine

What does it mean when your car overheats? When your car overheats, there can be a few possible culprits, ranging from a leak in the cooling system to an issue with the radiator. All vehicles have a “normal” temperature, and most engines tend to operate between 195 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. 

If you see that thermometer warning light flash on while driving around The Shoals, you should make your way to a service center as soon as possible. By continuing to drive, you could put yourself in danger and cause expensive damage to your vehicle.

What Does It Mean When Your Car Overheats?

What causes a car to overheat? Greenway Toyota of the Shoals lists some of the most common reasons our Northern Alabama drivers’ cars overheat:

  • There’s a leak in the cooling system – One of the most common culprits that cause a car to overheat is a leak in the cooling system. The radiator, hoses, water pump, head gasket, and thermostat housing are all components of the cooling system, and all can be susceptible to leaks.
  • There’s a problem with your coolant – If you used the wrong type of coolant for your vehicle, or there is an improper coolant-to-water ratio (50/50 is ideal), it could be one of the reasons a car would overheat. 
  • There’s a blockage in the coolant hose – The coolant hose could also be clogged. As you travel along the roads of Muscle Shoals and Florence dirt and debris to get in your cooling system, causing a blockage. 
  • There’s an issue with the radiator – Radiator issues are another common cause of overheating, and problems could be due to a blockage, a leak, or malfunctioning radiator fan.
  • Your car’s water pump is broken – The water pump sends engine coolant throughout the cooling system. Overheating can happen if the water pump is leaking or the pump shaft has shifted. 

What to Do When a Car Overheats

Wondering what to do when a car overheats? Many times, this issue happens when you are out and about, and you’re going to have your day derailed a bit. 

  • If you’re running the air conditioning, turn it off. 
  • Pull over safely as soon as possible. 
  • Don’t try to pop the hood right away — it’s going to be hotter than normal.

To ensure the safety of you and your vehicle, is it best to have your vehicle towed to your nearby service center.

Trust Your Vehicle to Greenway Toyota of the Shoals

If your car overheats, the team at Greenway Toyota of the Shoals has the knowledge and expertise to address the issue and fix it properly. Contact us today for more information or set up an appointment online.

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