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Why Is My Car Overheating?

Overheating Car Engine

What causes a car to overheat? This could be due to several reasons from a leak in the cooling system to water pump issues and more. It’s normal for most vehicles’ engines to operate at a “normal” temperature between 195 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit, if you see your temperature gauge climbing above the normal temperature, pull over to a safe spot immediately and do not drive the car any further. Not only is it dangerous to drive a vehicle that’s overheating, but it could cause more serious damage to the engine. Learn more about common causes for a car to overheat and what to do when a car overheats with theservice team at MINI of Escondido today!

What Does It Mean When Your Car Overheats?

Typically when your car overheats, it means there’s a larger issue with the engine or cooling system. Here are a few common reasons your vehicle could be overheating:

  • Ensure Your Radiator Cap Is Properly Secured: Sometimes overheating can be caused by something as simple as a cap not being secured properly. Carefully check your radiator cap and secure it properly. It’s a good idea to check your other fluid caps as well while the hood is open.
  • There’s a problem with your coolant – Your car requires a certain type of coolant as well as a certain ratio of water to coolant (usually 50/50) in order for its engine to work properly and stay at a healthy temperature. If you’re using the wrong grade coolant or it wasn’t mixed correctly with water, that could cause your car to overheat.
  • There’s a leak in the cooling system – This is the most common reason for a car to overheat. Your car’s radiator, hoses, water pump, head gasket, and thermostat housing are all components of the cooling system, and over time they wear out, crack, and or can burst due to high temperatures and high pressures. Luckily, fixing a leak is often less expensive than other issues that could cause your car to overheat.
  • There’s a blockage in the coolant hose – Coolant hoses can fill with dirt and debris, blocking your cooling system and causing your vehicle to overheat on San Marcos roads.
  • Your car’s water pump is broken – What does a water pump do? It sends engine coolant throughout your car’s cooling system. If there’s anything wrong with the water pump, including a leak, this can cause your car to overheat.
  • There’s an issue with the radiator – Radiator issues, including blockages, fan issues, and leaks all could cause a car to overheat.

What to Do When a Car Overheats

Not on the road in Carlsbad just yet, but notice your vehicle is overheating? Turn off the vehicle and call for a tow. If you’re already on your way, follow these steps:

  • If you’re running the air conditioning, turn it off and put the heat on full blast. While this may make you uncomfortable, it will help alleviate heat from the engine.
  • Pull over to the side of the road as quickly as you can do safely.
  • Once pulled over, do not attempt to pop the hood by hand for at least 30 minutes.
  • We recommend calling the MINI of Escondido service center for advice. At this point, your car will need to be sent to a mechanic.

Schedule Service at MINI of Escondido When Your Car Overheats

If you need a service appointment, contact the MINI of Escondido service team at our service center near San Diego. Not only can we help you get your vehicle back up and running smoothly, but we have service specials to help you save more. Contact us today to learn more about this service, how to check your transmission fluid, or to schedule an appointment.

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