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 service 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. You can even find other features like how often to change a cabin air filter, why your car is leaking water, or details on car alignmentContact us today to schedule service!

Acura Service Specials in Austin

Oil and Filter Service Special

$6.00 OFF!

  • Includes regular, synthetic and synthetic blend oils
  • Complimentary Car Wash and Vacuum
  • Complimentary multi-point inspection performed
  • Complimentary battery inspection
  • Have service done while you wait in our modern, state-of-the-art executive service center lounge

Offer cannot be combined with any other special, discount or offers. Does not include sales tax, shop supplies or hazardous waste disposal. Not valid on past purchases. Must present coupon at the time of service write up. Some restrictions apply. See Service Advisor for details. Valid only at Sterling Acura of Austin

EXPIRES: 01/31/2020
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: 01/31/2020
Tire Price Match Guarantee

WE WILL MEET OR BEAT ANY COMPETITORS TIRE PRICE!

Offer applies to In stock tires only with purchase of a set of 4 tires. Offer cannot be combined with any other special, discount or offers. Does not include sales tax, shop supplies or hazardous waste disposal. Not valid on past purchases. Must present coupon at the time of service write up. Some restrictions apply. See Service Advisor for details. Valid only at Sterling Acura of Austin

EXPIRES: 12/31/2020
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: 01/31/2020
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