Why Does My Car Overheating: Reasons And Solutions

It is important to pay attention to an engine that is running hot. The heat produced during combustion is so great that it has the power to distort and melt the engine block, doing great harm. The most crucial action to take if the engine in your car starts to overheat is to stop driving as soon as it is safe to do so. After that, make sure to have your car towed to a car service facility. 

Typically, an overheated engine indicates that the cooling system is malfunctioning. After all, the purpose of this system is to transfer extra heat away from the engine. 

Reasons That Can Make Your Car Overheat

The main issues that could arise with this system are listed below.

Damaged Radiator

A coolant may remain overly heated if the radiator has sustained damage. Radiators can malfunction for a variety of reasons. For instance, the radiator's fan may have burned out, or the radiator may have physically been harmed in an accident. Even though radiators can occasionally be fixed, it is typically a good idea to have them replaced.

Bad Hoses

The coolant travels via the hoses as it passes between the engine and the radiator. Hoses that are damaged, fractured, dislodged, or blocked may leak coolant or obstruct coolant flow.

Low Or Contaminated Coolant

Of course, if there is a problem with the coolant itself, even if the water pump functions, it won't be much use. The engine won't be adequately cooled if there isn't enough in the system. Additionally, if the coolant has pollutants, it won't function as well and might not be able to absorb as much heat.

A Damaged Water Pump

A mixture of water and antifreeze is called coolant (which keeps the water from freezing in low temperatures). So the coolant is pumped through the engine by a water pump, where it absorbs the increased heat. If there is a problem with the water pump, the coolant may flow poorly or not at all.

Faulty Thermostat

The coolant flow is regulated by the thermostat. The thermostat valve remains closed while your engine is first beginning, preventing coolant circulation. The valve will open as soon as the engine achieves working temperature, allowing coolant to start flowing through the engine. When the engine is hot, a defective thermostat may continue to be closed, which can quickly cause overheating.

Best Solutions 

Turn On The Heat And Off The A/C

If the engine overheats while you're driving and there is nowhere to stop, you can always reduce the heat it produces. For instance, I first turned off the AC when my engine started acting up. It allowed the engine to "slow down" a little bit because it put less strain on it. Although it may seem paradoxical, all the heat that enters the automobile is directed by the engine. Therefore, I turned up the heat.


Pull the car over as soon as you locate a secure area on the highway. Wait for the engine to cool down for around 15 minutes while you down your windows and open the doors. Check the temperature gauge frequently to see if it is decreasing in the interim.

Open The Hood Once It Cools Down 

As I indicated earlier, if you experience this kind of engine trouble, the hood might become very warm. Therefore, after stopping, let the hood cool off before opening it. Keeping the engine off is a wise decision, but Keep the key turned to the on position so that the fans will keep the engine cool even when it is not operating. Before touching the radiator cap or the engine, wait at least 30 minutes.

Low Level Of Oil

Unquestionably, the oil in car engines functions well as a lubricant and guarantees that the moving parts move freely. However, in addition to serving as a lubricant, oil can assist in regulating engine temperature. In other words, the engine temperature may quickly rise when the oil level drops.


A car might overheat for several causes, including leaking cooling systems, hoses that are clogged by corrosion and mineral deposits, radiator problems, or damaged water pumps. Routine inspections could help prevent future overheating issues. We hope you’ve found the article helpful.

Beth Norris

Beth Norris has years of experience working with top cosmetic and skincare brands for years  which reflects in her blogs which are packed with beauty and skincare tips. She has amassed a big following over the years, who wait for her content anxiously.