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Recognizing the Various Symptoms of Engine Overheating

When your engine indicator turns on, it is often the first sign of car trouble. There are various reasons why your car's engine light may come on, from a gas plug or a faulty chip, to a blown head gasket or something much worse.

Experiencing Overheating

When it comes to the overheating of your engine, there are three main causes behind the problem. The signs are not difficult to see. One of the first signs of an overheating car engine is that the temperature gauge approaches or exceeds the maximum internal temperature level of the engine shown on the dial. But most often, you just see the smoke coming from the hood! You can also experience a burning of oil or fuel, which is another sign of overheating your car engine. Keep reading to learn the probable reasons for your car engine overheating.

Radiator Issues

There are two common radiator defects that can cause the car engine to overheat. First, you might have a bad radiator fan. This blower blows air on the radiator fins to help control the coolant temperature. If it comes off, has broken envelopes or turns freely when the engine is off, it can not perform its intended tasks, resulting in an increase in coolant temperature and engine overheating. But if the fan is not the problem, it could be a faulty radiator. Leaks, hoofs and broken lines can cause the radiator to malfunction and cause the engine to overheat.

Cooling System Issues

A vehicle's cooling system lines may be blocked or clogged with rust, dirt, or sediment. This prevents the cooling system from being able to do its job, which causes the engine to overheat. This is why regular rolled liquids and replacements are imperative. Another common cause of an overheating car engine in terms of a vehicle's cooling system is a leak. Leaks in the cooling system are a common cause for overheating of car engines. Also, if you use the wrong concentration of coolant, this can have the same effect. Make sure you get a uniform water-to-liquid ratio.

Thermostat Problems

A bad automotive thermostat is another common reason for overheated engines. It is a thermo-sensitive valve that opens and stops depending on the temperature of the motor. If something goes wrong and the thermostat is stuck in the closed position, the engine's engine temperature will skyrocket. Once the thermostat reaches a critical point, the check engine light will come on and alert the driver to the problem. Replacing an automotive thermostat is a very simple procedure.