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Why Is My Car Overheating?

Overheating Car Engine

When you’re taking on your commute from Omaha to Columbus, the last thing you want to deal with is automotive issues. If you’re asking, “Why is my car overheating?” there may be a handful of issues at play. Normally, your vehicle will sit somewhere between 195 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you notice the temperature rise far beyond that normal range while traveling through Blair, do not drive your vehicle. Below, our Sid Dillon Chevrolet Fremont service team will offer the tips and tricks you need to know to care for your car.

What Does It Mean When Your Car Overheats?

“Why is my car overheating?” is a common question we hear at our Fremont service center. Here are a few of the top reasons why your car may be running hotter than normal:

  • There’s a leak in the cooling system: Oftentimes, a leak in the cooling system results in an overheating vehicle. The radiator, hoses, water pump, head gasket, and thermostat housing are all components in the system that can leak.
  • There’s a problem with your coolant: The use of an improper coolant type or coolant-to-water ratio can end up with an overheating car.
  • There’s a blockage in the coolant hose: When dirt and debris enter the cooling system, blockages in the coolant hose can occur. Those blockages may lead to your engine running too hot.
  • There’s an issue with the radiator: Your radiator may have a blockage, leak, or broken fan. All of these problems can cause a car to overheat.
  • Your car’s water pump is broken: If your water pump has a leak or a shifted pump shaft, the coolant won’t make it through the cooling system. This, in turn, leads to engine overheating.

What to Do When a Car Overheats

Unfortunately, vehicles generally overheat once you’re already on the road. If this happens to you, you’ll want to take action right away. Start by turning off the AC and running the heat on full blast. This will pull heat from your engine and help mitigate damage. From there, you’ll quickly want to find a safe place to pull over. Wait about 30 minutes for your vehicle to cool down before even attempting to pop the hood. When your vehicle overheats, your best course of action is to call a tow truck and head to Sid Dillon Chevrolet Fremont for service.

You Can Count on the Sid Dillon Chevrolet Fremont Service Department!

If you’ve got an overheating car on your hands, you’ll want to work with the very best. The pros at Sid Dillon Chevrolet Fremont are standing by to help ensure that you can get back on the road in a vehicle that brings you confidence. What’s more, we’re here to offer all of the service tips you need to diligently care for your vehicle. From how to change a tire to how to bleed brakes, we’re here to help!

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