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Why Is My Car Overheating?


Every summer, you may have to seek an answer to the question “why is my car overheating?”. There are several reasons why a car would overheat, from a leak in the cooling system to a radiator issue. Every vehicle has a “normal” place for their temperature gauge to sit, but cars usually operate between 195 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you start your car and see the temperature gauge is higher than normal, do not drive the vehicle! Driving an overheated vehicle can put you in danger, and it will only cause more expensive issues down the road.

Take a more in-depth look at the question “why is my car overheating” with Jordan Toyota’s comprehensive guide, and contact the service department if you have any questions or concerns.

What Does It Mean When Your Car Overheats?

When a car overheats, it’s a sign there’s a more significant issue that needs immediate attention. Here are the most common reasons why overheating may happen:

  • There’s a leak in the cooling system – A leak in the cooling system is what causes your vehicle to overheat. The radiator, hoses, water pump, head gasket, and thermostat housing are all components of the cooling system, which can cause leaks.
  • There’s a problem with your coolant – If the wrong coolant gets added, or you have an improper coolant-to-water ratio (50/50 is proper), your engine becomes prone to overheating. 
  • There’s a blockage in the coolant hose – The next potential culprit is the coolant hose. There are lots of opportunities for dirt and debris to get in your cooling system on Granger roads. Unfortunately, this can cause blockages in the coolant hose. 
  • There’s an issue with the radiator – There could be a blockage, a leak, or something wrong with the radiator fan, and all could cause a car to overheat.
  • Your car’s water pump is broken – The water pump sends engine coolant throughout the cooling system. Yours may have a leak or a shifted pump shaft, both of which often cause overheating.
Overheated car engine

What to Do When a Car Overheats

Unfortunately, there’s a chance your vehicle will not start to overheat until you have already hit the South Bend roads. If you are running the air conditioning, turn it off and run your heat full blast instead. It may be uncomfortable, but it will help pull heat off your engine. When you can safely pull over, but do not try and pop the hood by hand for at least 30 minutes. It’s best to call a towing service to pick up your vehicle and bring it to your mechanic.

You Can Count on the Jordan Toyota Service Department!

If your car overheats, you can trust the experienced technicians at the Jordan Toyota service department! Keep up with routine maintenance so you can spot any potential issues that could cause overheating, and have it fixed sooner. Schedule your next service appointment, and be sure to take advantage of our current service coupons.

Man looks on as his car engine overheats


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Jordan Toyota
Jordan Toyota
920 East Jefferson Blvd.
Mishawaka, IN, 46545 United States
(574) 259-1981
Jordan Toyota 41.6725228, -86.1734768.