A common question we hear at the Sam Leman Automotive Group service center is, “Why is my car overheating?” There are several possible reasons a car would overheat, whether it’s due to a leak in the cooling system or an issue with the radiator. Each vehicle has a temperature that is considered “normal.” For most, it is between 195 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you notice that the reading on the temperature gauge is higher than it should be, do not drive the car until a professional has looked at it. Driving an overheated car is dangerous and can lead to expensive damage as well.
Find out why your car is running hot and what to do when your car overheats below. You can contact us anytime with questions.
What does it mean when your car overheats? It is an important sign of more serious underlying issues. Here are the most common engine overheating causes:
What happens if your car overheats while you are already on the road? If the air conditioning is on, shut it off and instead run your heat at full blast. While this may sound counterintuitive, this step is actually beneficial because it helps pull heat away from the engine. Pull over safely when possible. Do not try to open the hood by hand for at least 30 minutes. To ensure your safety, having the vehicle towed to a service center and inspected by a professional is always best.
If your car overheats, don’t panic. Have your vehicle looked at by the highly skilled technicians at Sam Leman Automotive Group. They will work hard to identify the underlying problem and get you back on the road safely as soon as possible. Contact us today if you have any questions about automotive maintenance.
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