While driving to work or on a long journey, you may have experienced the terrifying sensation of overheating your car. If this happens to you, Pinecrest Shell & Auto Repair has the expertise to identify the problem and get it fixed successfully.
What To Do If Your Car Overheats
1. Turn off the A/C
It will force hot coolant back into the engine block and keep it from overheating. The engine is the only thing that matters when it comes to heating.
2. Pull the car over
A curve in the road or an intersection is not a good place to keep going straight at full speed until the car explodes. Pull over and stop as soon as possible to get the car cooled off before it explodes.
3. Take out the dipstick and check the coolant level and color
If it looks pink, then you have an overheating problem. The coolant level might be too low, or there is air in the system. If the coolant is not pink, you don’t have an overheating problem and can continue driving.
4. Turn it off and wait until the engine has cooled
It will take a while, so be patient. As soon as it is safe to start the car, turn it off and wait until it cools before returning to the shop. The vehicle is not safe to drive while still overheating. They will not be able to solve the problem and might permanently damage your engine if you try to go home with it on full speed and overheat at that point.
Why Do Engines Overheat?
1. Dirty air filter
It is the most common cause of regular car overheating. Inadequate engine oiling will clog the engine sump and blow-by leak through the air cleaner, causing extreme oil temperature and pressure issues when the car is stopped.
2. Incorrect fuel level or amount being fed to the engine
If you have a carburetor car, then this could be your problem. Air in the fuel gets into the carburetor. It pushes on it as it runs, which pushes on pistons at incorrect angles, causing damage to the motor or timing chain if you drive at a steady pace for long periods with an air bubble perforating your fuel system.
3. Bad fan clutch
A bad fan clutch on a belt-driven engine car can cause the same problem as an air bubble in the fuel system. It will overwork the engine and cause damage.
4. Water pump
While water pumps are less likely to overheat a car, they will cause similar symptoms if it is damaged or worn out enough to stop working correctly. If no coolant is circulating in your engine block, it will overheat and need to be replaced before going anywhere with your vehicle again.
Take the car to Pinecrest Shell and Auto Repair; they will inspect the cooling system and steering, charging and the starting system, transmission and brake systems, the engine itself, and more. They can tell you if we need to replace parts or if you have a problem with the engine cooling system so that it will not overheat again.