Friday, 18 May 2012

How to Recognize Signs of Overheating Problems to Your Car and What to Do If Your Car Overheats

Overheating of your car can be one of the most damaging things that can happen to your car. This is a major problem with most vehicles if not properly maintained. Just by not maintaining this particular area of your car, can cause major engine damage to your car. I am writing this article to help you if you ever have problems with overheating of your car. By having this knowledge and the sources that I mention at the end of this article you will be able to save yourself money, time, and car problems.

Whenever you have anti freeze in your car you should have a mixture of 50% water and 50% antifreeze. You should also have a good radiator cap to keep the water securely inside of the radiator. A good thermostat in the engine is needed to also help with regulating the temperature of water in your car.

If a your car starts to overheat, it will usually start to make loud noises in the engine area, these loud noises are coming from the rings, bearing, and pistons that are metal parts of the engine. They are making these noises because the engine is not being cooled properly. This cooling is helped by the water and antifreeze in your car. These parts need to remain at a certain temperature in order to operate properly. This is why water, and antifreeze are so important to your car. You will also notice and smell steam coming out of the engine area due to overheating. Your temperature gauge on your dash board if working properly will notify you that your vehicle is overheating also. This gauge will usually be pointing to the extreme right or hot area of the gauge. Your hoses in your car that circulate the water in your engine will usually burst, due to pressure that has built up due to lack of antifreeze, and water.

The causes of overheating are usually either a bad thermostat, cooling system leaks (holes in the hoses), leaky head gasket, radiator fans not operating, overworking the motor, water pump not working, stopped up radiator, slipping or loosened belt, lack of water or antifreeze in the car, or a cracked cylinder head. These are the most likely causes of overheating.

If your car does over heat turn off the car immediately and have it towed to your nearest repair shop. Even if you notice the gauge going very close to the hot area, cut the engine off and take it to get repaired. Do not let the engine gauge go to the hot area.

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