Why Is My Car Overheating?

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An overheated car is never a good thing. What does it mean when your car overheats? Normally, your engine will run somewhere around 195 to 200 degrees, getting you smoothly through Sussex. However, if you have problems with your radiator, you might run into trouble with overheating. If you’re asking “why is my car overheating,” you can trust Mercedes-Benz of Newton to provide the most accurate and reliable information on reasons a car would overheat and other service tips and tricks.

What Causes a Car to Overheat?

When your car overheats, it is a sign of serious trouble and you should get your car serviced in Hackettstown immediately. The answer to “why is my car overheating,” could be explained by any of these issues with your car:

  • Leaking cooling system—In most cases, this will be what causes your car to overheat. The cooling system is made up of a few parts, namely the radiator, some hoses, a water pump, a head gasket, and the housing for the thermostat. If one of these components break, it can cause a leak.
  • You have a problem with your radiator—If you have a broken radiator or a radiator that has a blockage or leak, you should act immediately as failure to do so will cause immense, expensive damage to your vehicle.
  • Your coolant is mixed wrong—Most of the time, your vehicle will call for a 50/50 water-to-coolant ratio, but if you strike the wrong balance or use the wrong coolant, your vehicle is at risk of overheating.
  • Your coolant hose is blocked—Your cooling system may not be leaking, but overheating can still happen if your coolant hose is blocked by dirt and debris. Be sure to check the coolant hose regularly.
  • Your water pump is broken—You might have a broken water pump as the cause of your engine overheating issues. If the pump is leaking or the pump shaft has gotten out of place, your water pump won’t optimally deliver coolant.

What To Do When a Car Overheats

If your car has overheated, follow these steps to ensure you’re back on the roads of Hamburg quicker. Here’s what to do when a car overheats:

  • Don’t panic, just find a place to park on the side of the road.
  • Never drive an overheated car. A tow is a much better idea.
  • Wait a little bit to open the hood, as you may get injured by fumes from the hot engine.
  • Get your car serviced immediately, as you are staving off further damage early.
  • Never open the radiator cap, as this may cause severe burns.

Mercedes-Benz of Newton, Your Local Service Experts

If it’s time to get your car serviced, there’s no better place to take it than Mercedes-Benz of Newton. We’ve got a trained staff of service professionals that are more than capable of getting you back on the road with the job done right the first time. If you’re interested in learning more, it’s as simple as filling out our contact form. We hope to hear from you soon!

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