If you can’t prevent your car from overheating, there is most likely a problem in the cooling system. We are going to list the various cooling system problems below, but it is also important to note that your vehicle might be overheating because of old or dirty motor oil, an overheating fuel pump, or a blown head gasket among other engine trouble. Mueller’s Auto can get to the bottom of the overheating.
Cooling Fan Failure
Coolant circulates through the engine to draw heat away from it. It is then put back into the radiator where a cooling fan and air inlets reduce its temperature. Once the coolant is cold again, it recirculates through the engine. If the cooling fan is not working, your engine will overheat because hot coolant is circulating through it.
Cooling System Clogs
Your cooling system can also get clogs in it, especially in the hoses. A cooling system that isn’t flushed regularly will end up with debris building up inside the system, and this will make your engine overheat. It’s important to have your cooling system flushed every 30,000 miles to avoid this problem.
Leaking Cooling System
Another cause of constant engine overheating is low coolant that has its levels reduced by cooling system leaks. The cooling system can leak out of the hoses, gaskets, seals, water pump, and radiator. If you drive an older automobile, your radiator may have rusted through and coolant is hemorrhaging out of the bottom.
Aside from rust, the radiator can also be damaged by dirt and debris. Age is often a damaging factor to radiators, as well. You may also end up with a dented radiator if it is hit by large road debris such as rocks or tire rubber. A damaged radiator will make your car overheat.
The engine’s thermostat must be functioning properly in order to gauge the temperature correctly. If it is malfunctioning, it might not release the coolant into the engine and your engine will overheat. Usually, replacing the thermostat will correct this problem.
Water Pump Problems
Finally, as we said above the water pump can leak and it can also break down, which usually happens at about 100,000 miles. The water pump circulates the coolant through the engine, and if it isn’t working, your engine isn’t getting any coolant.
Mueller’s Auto in Pueblo CO, would be happy to figure out why your engine is overheating. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for faster service.