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5 Reasons that can Cause Your Car to Overheat

As the weather warms up, you may begin to wonder what affect this will have on your vehicle. While vehicles are built to withstand high temperatures, there are several reasons why it could overheat.

Here are five of the most common reasons:

1. Low coolant level. In hot weather, it is common for engine coolant to evaporate. Subsequently, you may find your vehicle low on coolant before you know what hit you. For this reason, it is important to check coolant levels regularly.

2. Leak in the engine cooling system. There are many reasons why this can happen, but regardless of the cause you need to find a solution. Your mechanic can diagnose the issue and fix the problem to ensure that your engine is once again able to function properly.

3. Malfunctioning thermostat. Did you know that a thermostat that fails to open can stop antifreeze from reaching the radiator? This can lead to your vehicle overheating.

4.Water pump failure. If the water pump fails, coolant will not circulate in the appropriate manner. The second you realize that something is wrong with your water pump is the second you should visit your mechanic.

5. Malfunctioning radiator cooling fan. If the cooling fan does not come on after you turn activate the air conditioner, there is something wrong. Your fan may need replaced or an electrical problem could be causing the issue. Regardless of the cause, if not addressed your car is going to overheat.

These are just five of the many things that can cause your car to overheat. There are other causes to be aware of, all of which can lead to the same issues with your vehicle. If you find yourself faced with this problem, it is best to visit a qualified mechanic shop, such as FAR, that can diagnose your problem and get you back on the road.