The dog days of summer may not be the cause of your car overheating.
Whether you are driving through Death Valley or a Polar Vortex, your car has been tested to withstand almost every temperature situation.
Cars usually overheat due to a damaged part in the cooling system, especially the radiator. It is necessary to check all parts are in proper working condition to ensure that the whole system works efficiently.
There are three common signs that your car is overheating.
1. Steam or water vapor is coming out of the hood of your car.
Water vapor, which looks like smoke, is likely coolant leaking from your engine. The more steam or vapor, the faster the coolant is escaping. Your engine needs coolant to pull heat away from the engine. Without it, your car will overheat.
If you notice a puddle of coolant under your car, this can be a sign of a leak somewhere in your cooling system.
The experienced mechanics at Moore Tires can check your vehicle’s coolant level to ensure proper engine function.
2. The needle on your temperature gauge spikes quickly past the normal limit.
The cooling fan pulls heat away from the engine through your radiator. If something is wrong with the fan, your engine’s temperature will rise – even if you’re traveling at low speeds.
3. An unusual smell is coming from the engine.
There is a distinct odor when the engine heats up enough to start burning oil. Most people describe this unusual odor as a ‘hot’ smell. Any unusual odors are a bad sign, and your vehicle must be inspected to identify the source of the smell.
4. Your vehicle has reduced engine power.
An overheated engine may not be able to deliver enough power to keep your car moving at the speed at which you want it to move. If you notice any of the above signs, safely pull over and turn off your engine. This will allow the engine to cool down naturally and prevent further damage.
Moore Tires, www.mooretires.com