Common Causes of Engine Overheating

We all dread seeing the car’s temperature gauge inching up, especially when it leads to smoke coming from the bonnet! Many causes of engine overheating are quick issues you can fix yourself, but others need attention at an Ellesmere Port Garage.

Common Causes of Engine Overheating

Here are some of the most common causes of engine overheating.

No coolant

If you don’t have enough coolant in your car, the cooling system can fail, and the engine overheat. You should check you’ve used the right coolant for your car; some must be mixed with distilled water; others can be poured into the cooling system directly.

A cooling system leak

If you find you have to top up the coolant reservoir frequently, it’s probably down to a leak. Check for puddles beneath the car – if you do suspect fluid is escaping, get it checked straight away as it could save you from expensive damage.

Faulty water pump

This pump circulates coolant around the engine, so if it gets clogged, temperatures will rise.

Problems with your radiator

Your radiator passes the heat from the engine into the atmosphere, reducing the engine temperature. If your radiator is damaged, it will cause your engine to overheat.

Broken thermostat

Your thermostat is a valve that allows coolant to flow as needed. If it’s faulty, and does not let coolant through, the heat in your engine will rise.

Low oil level

Engine oil siphons off 80% of your car’s heat. Check your dipstick – if the oil level is low, it’s likely it is contributing to the engine temperature.

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