So, overheating engine problems, can happen for many reasons.
In general, it’s usually because, something’s wrong within the cooling system.
Consequently. the source of the issue could include; a cooling system leak, faulty radiator fan, broken water pump, or a plugged coolant hose.
So, regardless of the problem’s source, an overheating engine, isn’t something you want to let linger. Because, your engine could sustain serious, if not permanent, damage.
If you’re able to take steps, to cool your engine, before it overheats to the point of failing; you may reduce the risk of irreversible engine damage.
But first, you’ve got to notice the symptoms, of an overheating engine, which can include:
Steam coming from under the hood.
- An engine temperature gauge on your dashboard that spikes to “H” or into the red.
A strange smell coming from the engine area.
- For example, leaking coolant can smell sweet, while leaking oil might smell more burnt.
So, as soon as you notice, the engine overheating, take the following steps:
Kill the A/C and crank the heat.
- Immediately turn off the air conditioner, to reduce stress on the engine. Then, turn the dial to, maximum heat. This can help pull heat away from the engine, to keep it from overheating.
Find a safe place to pull over.
- Pull over and shut off the car. Allow the engine to cool, for at least 15 minutes. Keep an eye on the temperature gauge, as it should move back to a normal range, as the engine cools.
Check and add coolant.
If your coolant level is low, a quick top-off could help, protect your engine. Furthermore, preventing overheating, until you can get things fixed. However, this step won’t do much good, if a coolant hose is clogged; or the source of your troubles is, a broken radiator fan or water pump.
An overheating engine won’t resolve on its own; even if it seems to be fixed after you add a little coolant. It will only get worse if left unaddressed. Get to the root of the issue, to help save your engine.
The best way to prevent an overheating engine; is to have regular coolant flushes and exchanges, performed on your car. Also, stay up-to-date with radiator maintenance, as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. Finally, routine inspections, can also help you fix any potential radiator or engine issues, before they worsen.
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