Engine Overheating Problems-Can cause permanent engine damage.

Engine Overheating Problems

Engine Overheating Problems-When driving home up the M1 motorway, here in the UK, I counted four cars that were pulled into the hard shoulder and were broken down. We all see this common event, but as a garage owner I often think about what may have caused the problem in the first place?

One of the cars had white steam coming out of a lifted bonnet (hood). This looked like a typical case of an overheated engine. The guy did the correct thing and pulled over. The car engine overheating can turn out to be a costly and dangerous thing, especially for your car engine. It could come to having a new engine.

If this happens to you there are one or two tips that I can give you. First, try to pull over in a safe place and turn your engine off. You would have been warned by

Engine Overheating Problems

Engine Overheating Problems-A typical water expansion tank ina modern car.

your car’s instruments, either flashing on the dashboard or the temperature gauge hitting the roof.

The guy on the M1 , with the Engine Overheating Problems, did the right thing by lifting the bonnet to allow the engine to cool down quicker. A good tip is that if there is not a safe place to pull over, then turn the car heater to full. This acts as an extra radiator and helps cool down the engine. Even if it is a hot day, you must try to peek the engine as cool as possible.

Engine Overheating Problems

If your car is equipped with air-con, then turn the air-con OFF. The air-con produces more heat, and this is the last thing that you want.

At this stage, you would want to call for help? Another tip is NEVER to try to remove the radiator cap if your car has one when the engine is overheating. This happened to an apprentice mechanic that I worked with back in the day. The engine cooling system is under great pressure and when the lad removed the radiator cap, he was burned by steam and red hot coolant. He did recover but spent a couple of days in the local burns unit.

Most modern cars are now fitted with a plastic expansion tank. This tank is filled with a special water and coolant mix. The same applies to the expansion tank as to the radiator. You will get the same results as with a radiator cap. Some vehicles are fitted with a pressurized expansion tank. If you have one of these then there is a warning on the tank cap.

It may be that your car just needs some more water and coolant.

Engine Overheating Problems

You have access to a water supply then you could top the tank up. Therefore, if are confident enough to do this then make sure that you only use warm water, to mix the already boiling water in the engine. Finally, if you have no coolant available then it should be fine to use water only, until you can get the car to your local garage for a check over.

In my experience, the Engine Overheating Problems can occur when the car has had recent engine work carried out. Say a new head gasket or rubber hose fitted. The water system has had an air lock, and this can cause the engine to overheat. If this is the case then take the car back to your garage and ask them to bleed and check the water system, because of overheating. At Pellon, we find that it is always better to recheck the coolant levels after the car has had engine work carried out. The engine is run, keeping an eye on the temperature. We switch the engine off and recheck the levels after a good ten minutes. This will get rid of any trapped air that may cause later problems.

Although some drivers will think this article as pretty basic, many drivers will be thankful for the advice as they may have never come across such a problem. Thanks,  Eric Roberts.

 

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