Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Common Causes of Overheating

It’s a major hassle when a car overheats. You don’t get where you need to go, you get pissed, and you’re likely to spend some extra bucks on untimely repairs. Here are some of the major culprits of this unfortunate circumstance:

Low coolant levels – Keeping your radiator filled to the brim with enough coolant is your responsibility. If coolant levels go down, your car will definitely overheat; low coolant is possibly the single most common cause of overheating, as your vehicle’s internal system relies on enough amounts of the fluid to circulate and reduce engine heat. Aside from a missed spot check on the coolant, leaks in the car’s cooling system might also be to blame.

Wrong coolant – If your vehicle manufacturer recommends a specific type of coolant, use it. If you choose to do otherwise, the wrong type of coolant won’t effectively dissipate engine heat. Be wary as well if you’re mixing your own concentration.

Clogged cooling system – 50,000 miles and up on a car could take a heavy toll on its radiator. If you have an older car, there’s a good chance that the radiator’s innards are heavily clogged—and if your radiator’s all congested, there’s also a good chance that the passageways are, too. To avoid this, it is recommended that you thoroughly flush your radiator every year.


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