Why is My Car Overheating?

man standing by overheated car engine

If your car is overheating, there could be a variety of reasons why. Most cars operate normally around 195-200 degrees Fahrenheit, so if your temperature gauge reads higher than that, you should not drive. Take charge of your safety to learn what causes a car to overheat with help from Sterling Acura of Austin’s award-winning service center.

What Does It Mean When Your Car Overheats?

There are five common reasons why your car may be overheating:

  • There’s a leak in the cooling system  a leak in the cooling system is most likely what’s causing your car to overheat. The cooling system is very susceptible to leaks, with the radiator, hoses, water pump, and head gasket able to crack and lead to bigger problems.
  • There’s a problem with your coolant – having an incorrect coolant-to-water ratio or using the wrong type can cause your engine to overheat.
  • There’s a blockage in the coolant hose – dirt and debris can get into your coolant hose, causing blockages in your coolant system.
  • There’s an issue with the radiator – it is common to see a blockage, leak, or something wrong with the radiator fan, and all could cause a car to overheat.
  • There’s an issue with the water pump – the water pump sends engine coolant throughout the cooling system, but if there’s a leak or a shifted pump shaft, it could create overheating.

What to Do When a Car Overheats

The last thing you want is to experience an overheating car during your Buda commute, but if you’re already driving and start having troubles, pull over to the side of the road as soon as you can. Turn off the air conditioning and turn on the heat instead, pulling heat off your engine. Do not pop the hood by hand for a half an hour to protect your skin. Call a tow truck, and visit your local Austin service center to get your car repaired.

You Can Count on the Sterling Acura of Austin Service Department!

For more service tips, work with the experts at Sterling Acura of Austin. We’re here to ensure your new or used car runs at peak performance, and we offer a variety of rotating service specials to help make your next visit even more affordable. Contact us today to schedule service!

Acura Service Specials in Austin

Big things come in small packages.

Senior Citizens Day FREE Mini-Detail Special!

Sterling Acura of Austin is proud to serve our community’s Senior Citizens and in honor of your special day, we’re offering all Senior Citizens a FREE Mini-Detail!

Our Mini-Detail Special is the best all around detail service in the Greater Austin area. Come visit us and experience why Sterling Acura of Austin is Exceeding the Standard.

Mini-Detail Special features include: 

  • Express hand wash
  • Vacuum
  • Vinyl and leather conditioning
  • Cup holders
  • Tire shine
  • Windows
  • Rims
  • Door jambs
  • All surface disinfectant

Offer valid only at Sterling Acura of Austin. Offer valid to Senior Citizens only. Senior Citizen must be present to receive a free mini-detail service. Not valid on past services. No rain checks. Offer cannot be combined with other service specials/coupons. See Service Manger for details.

EXPIRES: 08/24/2019
Military and Senior Citizen Special

10% OFF any Service 

(excludes tires)

Must present ID. Offer cannot be combined with any other special, discount or offer. Must present coupon at the time of write up. Does not include sales tax, shop supplies or hazardous waste disposal. Some exclusions may apply. Please see advisor for details. Valid only at Sterling Acura of Austin. Offer expires 12/31/2019.

EXPIRES: 12/31/2019
Variable Discount Special

Tiered Savings

Spend up to $100, Save $10
Spend up to $200, Save $20
Spend up to $300, Save $30
Spend up to $400, Save $40
Spend up to $500, Save $50

EXPIRES: 12/31/2019
Oil and Filter Service

$5.00 off

  • Includes synthetic and synthetic blend oil
  • Have service done while you wait
  • Complimentary Car Wash and Vacuum
  • Complimentary multi-point inspection performed
  • Complimentary battery inspection

Offer valid only at Sterling Acura of Austin. Not valid on past services. Offer cannot be combined with other service specials/coupons. Does not include sales tax, shop supplies or hazardous waste disposal. Coupon must be presented at write up. Some restrictions apply. See Service Manager for details.

EXPIRES: 08/31/2019
Tire Rotation Special

Only $24.99!

Offer valid only at Sterling Acura of Austin. Not valid on past services. Offer cannot be combined with other service specials/coupons. Does not include sales tax, shop supplies or hazardous waste disposal. Coupon must be presented at write up. Some restrictions apply. See Service Manager for details.

EXPIRES: 08/31/2019
Brake Pad Special

$199.95 Per Axle, including rotor resurface!  

You get competitive prices and same day service performed by our award-winning service department.

Includes:

  • Rotor resurface
  • Complimentary multi-point inspection
  • Complimentary car wash and vacuum
  • Complimentary battery inspection

Offer valid only at Sterling Acura of Austin. Not valid on past services. Offer cannot be combined with other service specials/coupons. See Service Manger for details.

EXPIRES: 08/31/2019
Price Match on Tires

Meet or Beat
any competitor’s tire pricing

In stock tires only. Only valid on set of 4 tires. Does not include sales tax, shop supplies or hazardous waste disposal. Present coupon at write up. Some restrictions apply. Offer cannot be combined with any other offers. Valid only at Sterling Acura of Austin.

EXPIRES: 12/31/2019
FREE Check Engine Light Inspection

Tired of not knowing why the Check Engine Light is on? Let our award-winning Service Center diagnose the problem and get that annoying light to go away!

Call today or just stop by to have your Check Engine Light code retrieved at no charge to you!

 

EXPIRES: 12/31/2019
20% OFF ACCESSORIES PURCHASED OVER FRONT COUNTER FOR YEARS 2007-2016

Get 20% Off of any Accessory for your Acura! 

Offer valid only at Sterling Acura of Austin. Not valid on past purchases. Offer cannot be combined with other parts specials/coupons. Offer must be presented over the counter at the time of purchase. Offer valid only on Acura model years 2007 - 20016. Some restrictions apply. See Parts Manager for details.

EXPIRES: 12/31/2019
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