Why Is My Car Overheating: Common Reasons and Tips

Car Engine Overheating

There are a few things that can cause a car to overheat, whether it’s a leak in the cooling system or an issue with the radiator. The exact numbers for your vehicle may vary, but most cars generally operate between 195 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you start your car and notice the temperature gauge is coming up much higher than normal, absolutely do not drive your Honda. Driving an overheating car can put you in significant danger, and can lead to bigger and more expensive issues.

Look further into the reasons a car would overheat with the service team at Honda of Turnersville below, then contact us if you have any questions.



What Does It Mean When Your Car Overheats?

What does it mean when your car overheats? An overheated car is just a symptom of a larger issue that needs to be taken care of. What causes a car to overheat? Well, there are a few common causes:

  • There’s a leak in the cooling system: the most common cause is a leak in the cooling system. The components of your cooling system include the radiator, hoses, water pump, head gasket, and thermostat housing, all of which can be susceptible to leaks.
  • There’s a problem with your coolant: If your vehicle has the wrong coolant or you have an improper coolant-to-water ratio (50/50 is proper), your engine may be prone to overheating.
  • There’s a blockage in the coolant hose: Another possible cause is the coolant hose. Dirt and debris easily get into all systems of your vehicle, including your cooling system on Vineland roads. This can cause blockages in the coolant hose and lead to overheating.
  • There’s an issue with the radiator: Radiator issues due to a blockage, a leak, or something wrong with the radiator fan, all can cause a car to overheat.
  • Your car’s water pump is broken: The water pump sends engine coolant throughout the cooling system. Yours may be suffering from a leak or a shifted pump shaft, both of which often cause overheating.

What to Do When a Car Overheats?

So, we’ve answered the question “what causes a car to overheat?” You may still be wondering what to do when a car overheats. Unfortunately, it frequently happens that the car doesn’t overheat until you’ve already hit the road in Berlin. The first thing to do if you’re running the air conditioning is to turn it off and instead run your heat at full blast. It can be uncomfortable, but it will help pull heat off the engine. When you have the opportunity, pull over in a safe spot, wait for the engine to cool for at least 30 minutes and proceed with caution in order to avoid burns. The best way to maintain your safety and that of nearby drivers is to call a towing service to pick your car up and bring it to your mechanic in the Turnersville area.

Trust the Honda of Turnersville Service Department for Your Service Needs!

Now that you know the reasons a car would overheat, and what to do when a car overheats, if you find yourself in this position, you can trust the experienced technicians at the Honda of Turnersville service department to get you back on the road in no time. We can help you stay on top of routine maintenance so you can avoid any issues that would cause overheating. Schedule your next service with us, and be sure to take advantage of our applicable service coupons.


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