As the weather outside gets warmer, your vehicle is at a higher risk of overheating. It can be pretty alarming if and when it happens, considering one of the first signals is smoke coming from your hood. Your vehicle will need to be serviced immediately. At Monticello Auto Service, our team can get to the bottom of the problem. Here are some potential issues that cause your vehicle to overheat:
Coolant System Leak
A leak in the coolant system is the most common cause of an overheating engine. Your engine system comprises the radiator, water pump, head gasket, hoses, and thermostat. In some scenarios, you can patch the leak if it's less severe. However, if you are uncomfortable with the repair, we would be delighted to assist you.
Low on Coolant
It is essential to regularly check and refill your coolant when necessary to avoid an overheating engine. To inspect your coolant levels, make sure that your engine is turned off and your car is parked on level ground. You want to wait until your car cools off a bit before checking to prevent burns. If you are running low, just come right into our shop, and we can top off your coolant for you.
Clogged Coolant Hose
A blocked coolant hose can indeed cause your engine to overheat. Over time, debris and other road sediments can make their way into your coolant system. This build-up can cause a blockage and prevent the fluid from passing through. It can be a simple fix. All we'd need to do is flush the system and refill it with clean coolant.
Faulty Water Pump
The water pump is another cooling system part that is essential to the functionality of your engine. It is responsible for housing the pressure to propel the coolant through your system. Leaks, eroded impeller vanes, or a shift in the pump shaft can cause the entire system to go into chaos.
When your radiator malfunctions, it cannot remove the excess heat from the coolant and cool off the engine properly.
If you have no idea why your engine is overheating, then our trained technicians can diagnose the problem for you. Have questions or concerns? We invite you to give us a call or visit our shop today.