Hello, my name is Walter. Over the past few months, I have been working on my car. I never used to think much about my car. I would just jump into it and hit the road. Things were fine at first, but soon I realised that things were starting to go wrong. Strange white smoke started to appear from the exhaust. Sometimes when I changed gear, I could hear a strange noise. Foolishly, I ignored all of this until my car broke down. When I got to the auto repair shop the mechanic repaired my car and then gave it a full service. As he did so, I began my auto servicing education.
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If the mercury is threatening to blast out of the top of your thermometer, you are living through another Australian summer day. Everyone and everything is hot and it's scarcely surprising that your car is overheating, either. Or is it? Even though the temperature outside may be seriously toasty, your motor should never overheat. Why could this be something more serious and what do you need to be on the lookout for?
Your vehicle's cooling system is one of the most important components on the car. The engine will build up heat in every circumstance and season, but has to be cooled down efficiently or it will simply melt away. A motor that is overheating at any time of year could be heading for big problems and an expensive repair bill. Thus, here are a few ways to know your car is overheated and you need to respond appropriately.
1. Failing Gaskets
Sometimes, the head gasket will exhibit signs of failure. This product is meant to seal two major parts of the engine, so that coolant cannot leak from certain parts and mix in the all-important combustion chamber. Antifreeze is not supposed to be anywhere near the cylinders and a catastrophic failure could well ensue. This type of implosion could result in the need for a new engine.
2. False Economies Spell Trouble
Never make the mistake of simply putting water into your cooling system, thinking that it is the same as coolant. This latter product is specifically engineered to help keep the internal temperature of the motor in check, even in the harshest environments. Is this the root of your problem?
3. Simple Thermostat Issues
On the other hand, it could be something simple, like the thermostat. This part is meant to balance the water temperature, but if it is not opening and closing properly it could be restricting the amount of coolant from getting to the proper places.
4. Oil Levels are Crucial
Meanwhile, engine oil is another highly engineered and very important product. When was the last time that you checked the oil? The lubricant not only helps to avoid friction, but it cools the interior by carrying excess heat away from the engine.
A Quick Fix
If you do find that your vehicle is overheating when you're stuck in sweltering rush-hour traffic, turn the heating on as high as possible. This may make you a lot more uncomfortable inside, but it will bring the engine temperature down until you've got time to get to the motor repair shop.Share