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My Car is Overheating! What Could be Wrong? What Do I Do?


If your car is overheating, it can be very serious. You shouldn’t continue to drive if you see the temperature gauge has moved towards the “hot” side. Your car may not immediately explode or anything like that, but driving with an overheating engine can cause serious damage to your vehicle.

It’s better to pull over and deal with it right away instead of risking very expensive repairs later.

There are a number of things that can cause your engine to overheat. Some of these are fairly common issues, especially on a hot summer day in the Phoenix, Tempe and Chandler areas.

Improperly Circulating Coolant

If the water/antifreeze mixture isn’t circulating correctly, the engine will start to overheat. This mixture keeps your engine cool during the hot months and prevents it from freezing during the cold months.

Be sure to check it regularly to avoid this. Even if you don’t have any leaks, over time it can evaporate. You can add about half a cup of water to a low antifreeze tank to cool down your engine and get you to an auto shop.

There’s A Leak

If your water/antifreeze levels are constantly low, there’s a leak in your cooling system somewhere. If you’re experiencing this, make an appointment with us today. We’ll track down the leak and give you an affordable estimate for the repair.

A Hose Needs Replacing

Over time, the hoses that circulate your coolant may become blocked or detached. While it may not be completely blocked up, even a partial blockage can prevent the proper amount of coolant from circulating. Again, this is something we can check for during an inspection here in our shop.

Other Causes

If the levels of water and antifreeze appear normal, there may be a more serious malfunction with your engine. In this case, it’s best to bring your car into us as soon as possible. We can track down issues that can help prevent more expensive repairs down the road.

What To Do if your Engine Overheats

If your engine is overheating, do the following to cool it down:

  • Turn off the air conditioner. Running the A/C puts a heavy load on your engine.
  • Turn on the heater. This blows some excess heat from the engine into the car. While it’s not ideal on a hot summer day (which is when most vehicles tend to overheat), it does help cool the engine down.
  • Put your car in neutral or park and then rev the engine. This makes the fan and the water pump work faster, which pulls more air and more water through your car’s radiator. This increased circulation cools down the engine.
  • Pull over and open the hood. This releases the heat and lets air circulate through the hot engine. Just be careful when opening the hood—hot steam may come blasting out.

And finally, NEVER attempt to remove the radiator cap while the engine is hot. It can result in serious burns all over your body as the hot coolant sprays forth under tremendous pressure.

If you have concerns about any of the things considered in the article, please give us call right away and we’ll discuss your options.

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14 responses to “My Car is Overheating! What Could be Wrong? What Do I Do?”

  1. holy see says:

    my car is giving me a hard time to start I have to tap on the gas pedal to get it to start and its overheating

  2. Tatiana says:

    This was so helpful!!!!! Thank you so much!

  3. holy see says:

    My 2003salor. Is over heating I don’t have no leeks. It doesn’t. Hold water are coolent. I change. My thermostat in it’s is still over heating

  4. Candy says:

    Hi, am also driving a Honda ballade 150i luxline and am experiencing heating problem, at first I cleaned up the radiator and it was working just fine then 4 month later it start to finish water inside the radiator and fill up the coolant.. What can I do to prevent this?

  5. Richard says:

    I have just overall my Daewoo cielo engine now it doesn’t circulate water throughout the engine

  6. AIS says:

    Excellent information. These are the major causes of overheating particularly during the summer. Couldn’t have explained it better myself. Keep up the good work David.

  7. thalelo says:

    I have Nissan np200 is overheating I hv already changer the water pump nd top caskd nd thermostat still overheating I don’t know y?9

  8. Damall Dyer says:

    I changed my thermostat and my car still over heats. I let it run for 10 minutes but in 5 it over heats what am i don’t wrong

  9. Promiise says:

    I have 2005 ford 500 that keep overheating I changed the thermostat an the hose that had a leak I see no leak in it but it still over heat what should i do how much anti freeze an water should I add I think that could be it cuz I pure the coolant the the max line but don’t add water on the bottle it said 50/50 don’t add water can u help me

  10. Anthony C.Nez says:


  11. Anthony C.Nez says:

    2015 sonic overheating. ..heater turns cold

  12. Lolo kwena says:

    I have cherry J 5 my problem is it heating up and sometimes it refuse to start when it is hot what could it be the problem

  13. Megan says:

    Could a failing throttle body be a factor to over heating?

  14. Stephen says:

    I’ve got a 05 Saturn ion sedan. It’s over heating with no leaks. Can someone give me a few things it could be?

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