Why Is My Car Overheating: How Can You Fix This Issue?

Overheating Car Engine

There are many telling signs that there’s something wrong with your vehicle, one of which is an overheating engine. There can be many causes from this, most commonly a leak from the cooling system from your car. But if you’re asking, “Why is my car overheating,” don’t test-drive the car to find out because it will most likely worsen the problem.

At Kia of Valencia, our service center near Sylmar is always ready to help you with any of your auto needs and answer questions like what causes a car to overheat. Schedule an appointment with our service center if you’re unsure what to do when a car overheats. Contact us today!

What Causes a Car to Overheat 

There are many things that cause a car to overheat. If you’re asking, “Why is my car overheating and what should I do,” it’s the perfect time to take your vehicle to our service center near San Fernando. Check out some of the reasons as to what causes a car to overheat:

  • There’s a leak in the cooling system – Most often, a leak in the cooling system is what’s causing your car to overheat. 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 the wrong coolant was put in your car, 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 – The next possible culprit is the coolant hose. There are plenty of opportunities for dirt and debris to get in your cooling system on Valencia roads. Unfortunately, this can cause blockages in the coolant hose. 
  • There’s an issue with the radiator – Radiator issues are another common reason a car would overheat. There could be a blockage, a leak, or something wrong with the radiator fan, and all could 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

It’s often hard to know what to do when a car overheats because sometimes these things happen when you’re on the roads of Filmore or on the highway. But there are some tips that you can do. A tip that has proven to work is to turn on the heating on full-blast; this will release some of the heat from the engine. It can be uncomfortable but it’ll give you enough time to pull your vehicle over or take it to an auto shop.

Service Your Vehicle at Kia of Valencia

If you notice that your vehicle is overheating bring your vehicle to our service center in Valencia for professional service! We can diagnose the issue and fix, quickly! Contact us for more information today!

 

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