Are you starting to notice green fluids on the ground when you drive away? Or that your temperature gauge has been getting hotter and hotter? Chances are that you’re coming close to the overheating of your car—if it hasn’t happened already—and you will want to make sure you are prepared when it occurs. Continue reading to find out why your car is overheating and what to do once it happens.
Indicators of Radiator Issues
As soon as your temperature gauge inches closer to the red or the temperature warning light goes off, you can bet that you are having cooling system issue which is likely resulting from a radiator leak. These leaks are usually caused by two major sources:
- Crack in the radiator
- Radiator hose
Secondly, if you notice green liquid residue underneath your vehicle don’t hesitate to get your radiator inspected so that the mechanic can diagnose where the crack in the radiator has taken place to cause the leak. This is important because if you catch the leak early enough to where it isn’t too large, the mechanic can possibly repair the radiator by placing a patch over it or switching out the broken part for a new one. To prevent the radiator hose from being the source of the radiator leak, it is important to replace radiator hoses on a regular basis.
More on Radiator Leaks & Radiator Repair
Despite the smoke that an overheating car emits, it won’t cause your car to blow up or put you in any danger. Still, an overheating engine can do some serious damage to your vehicle and your wallet. As soon as you notice that your car is overheating, pull over immediately. Continuing to drive can worsen whatever the issue may be and could cost you pricey auto repairs in the long run. Additionally, you’ll want to turn off the air conditioner when your car overheats because it puts stress on your engine. Instead, put your heater on to release some of the extra heat from the engine to assist in cooling it down. In turn, your radiator fan and water pump will operate quicker, pushing more air and water through your vehicle’s radiator.
We Can Fix All of Your Car Overheating Problems
We understand car overheating problems are stressful. You probably dread getting stuck in traffic or even getting behind the wheel on a hot day. What if your car breaks down, or you seriously damage your engine? Trust us—it’s better to find out why your car is overheating and repair the problem at its source, whether you have a radiator leak or some other issue. Our mechanics are ready to handle your radiator repair, so you can drive with confidence, knowing you and your car will be cool and comfortable.