Have you noticed the temperature gauge on your car running hotter than usual? Or maybe your coolant light has come on. Perhaps your car has been overheating on a regular basis, and you’ve had to pull over to let it cool down before proceeding with your day. Let us tell you—you shouldn’t be driving and living this way. You’re risking a vehicle breakdown and damaging your engine if car overheating is an issue for you. To fix the problem, you may need a radiator repair if you have a radiator leak, or you may need a radiator replacement if your radiator is old or damaged beyond repair.
Possible Reasons for Car Overheating
There can be many causes of a car overheating issue; however, the overarching reason is because something inside the cooling system is preventing the absorption, transportation, or release of heat. For example, if you have a cooling system leak, such as a radiator leak or a leak in your water pump, head gasket, or thermostat housing, your engine isn’t going to be able to cool properly. Fortunately, a skilled mechanic can usually find a radiator leak, seal it, and you can be on your way, so long as you tend to the leak sooner rather than later. If there is no radiator leak, the next thing you’ll want to check is your coolant hose for dirt or sediment blocking the flow of fluid through your hoses. Flushing the system and refilling the coolant tank may be in order.
More on Radiator Leaks & Radiator Repair
A very common cause of car overheating is a problem with your radiator. These problems include:
- Radiator leaks
- Issues with the radiator fan
These problems all mean that heat can’t properly escape your car, which will cause the engine temperature to rise. A mechanic will be able to diagnose exactly what’s wrong with your radiator and what needs to be done to correct the problem. Whether you need a radiator repair or a new radiator, either service is generally less expensive than an engine repair or buying a new car, so don’t hesitate to have your radiator checked out as soon as you notice your temperature gauge rising.
Call Us If Car Overheating Has You Under Pressure
While some of the tips we have listed for you may assist in cooling down your engine, they are only temporary fixes. It is crucial to get the problem fixed as fast as possible to avoid further damage of your vehicle. We will happily inspect your vehicle for radiator problems and get to the root of your overheating problems. It is much more affordable and less complicated to fix the problem with your radiator than it is to repair your transmission or engine. So give us a call immediately if you’re experiencing anything related to radiator leaks or engine overheating and we will fix it!