Poor Maintenance Can Make Your Car Overheat All the Time

It might seem hard to believe, but poor maintenance can make your car overheat all the time. For example, if you do not have your cooling system flushed and refilled every 30,000 miles, the system can get clogged and stop coolant circulation. If you don’t have your oil changed regularly, the oil can get dirty and increase the amount of heat that the engine produces. This is why factory-scheduled services are so important to your automobile. Let’s talk more about why an engine will overheat constantly.

Clogged Cooling System

As we just mentioned, the cooling system can get clogged if it is not maintained. The radiator can fill with dirt and sediment and get clogged, and the radiator hoses can get clogged. This is why the system is flushed at 30,000 miles. Flushing the system removes the dirt and sediment that have built up inside of it. If the cooling system is clogged, your engine will overheat when you drive your automobile.

Leaking Cooling System

Flushing the cooling system also allows us to check for cooling system leaks. If your cooling system is old, it is possible that the radiator will start to leak from the bottom because it has rusted out. It is also possible for coolant to leak from the overflow reservoir and the radiator hoses. The cooling system also has seals and gaskets out of which coolant can leak. This reduces the coolant level in the engine.

Poor Coolant Circulation

The coolant can also leak out of the water pump. Aside from this, the water pump may break down after approximately 10 years and no longer circulate the coolant through the engine. When this happens, the water pump needs to be replaced to restore the coolant circulation and prevent the engine from overheating. In terms of mileage, plan to get about 100,000 miles out of your water pump.

Malfunctioning Thermostat

Another thing that will make the engine overheat all the time is a malfunctioning thermostat. The thermostat is responsible for reading the engine’s temperature and releasing the coolant when the engine starts to get too hot. If the thermostat is malfunctioning, it may fail to release the coolant.

Serious Radiator Problems

Finally, aside from the radiator bottom rusting out, the radiator can also have serious problems because it is too old. For example, the inlets that allow air into the radiator may get clogged with dirt and grime. In addition, the radiator fan may also stop working and you will have hot coolant circulating through the engine.

We can help, so call us today if your car overheats constantly. We would be happy to find the problem and fix it.

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