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Why Is My Car Overheating?

Man and his over heated car

Every vehicle has a normal operating temperature range, usually between 195 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If your gauge reads higher than normal, it is unsafe to drive and could cause dangerous issues. But why is your car overheating? There are several possible causes, from radiator problems to cooling system leaks. Use these service tips from the experts at Dover Honda to learn more.

What Does It Mean When Your Car Overheats?

There are many reasons a car would overheat, ranging from quick fixes to larger system failures. Do not drive in Stratham if your car is overheating, as pushing your car to its limits when something is wrong can create costly repairs. Overheating can be caused by a:

  • Cooling system leak – This is the most common cause for a 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.
  • Coolant problem – Your engine may be prone to overheating if the wrong coolant was put in your car or if you have an improper coolant-to-water ratio (50/50 is ideal).
  • Coolant hose blockage – Unfortunately, it’s quite easy for dirt and debris to get in your cooling system on Saco roads, causing coolant hose blockages.
  • Radiator issue – Your radiator may be experiencing a blockage, leak, or an issue with the radiator fan, all of which could cause a car to overheat.
  • Broken water pump – The water pump sends engine coolant throughout the cooling system, and if yours has a leak or a shifted pump shaft, this can lead to overheating.

What to Do When a Car Overheats

If your car starts overheating while driving in Salem, pull off the road safely and run your heat at full blast, which will help pull heat off the engine. Do not attempt to pop the hood for at least a half-hour to avoid injury. Stay safe by calling roadside assistance to bring you in for service, where a certified technician can assess what’s causing your car to overheat and make any necessary repairs.

You Can Count on the Dover Honda Service Department!

When the unexpected happens, rely on the service pros at Dover Honda! We’re here to help your vehicle perform at its best for years to come, and recommend routine maintenance to avoid issues such as engine overheating. Take advantage of our current service specials to make your visit even more affordable, and drive with confidence in Dover.

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