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How To Diagnose A Chronically Overheating Vehicle

How To Diagnose A Chronically Overheating Vehicle

I know the dangers and frustration of having a car that overheats constantly. In my 20's, I had a 1985 Firebird. It was a real love/hate relationship with that car. When it worked, it was a thing of beauty. The problem was that it never stayed working for long. The constant struggle was keeping it in the right temperature range, but it often overheated during the shortest of trips. Our partners at Chaz Limited Collision Express Downtown in Anchorage, AK have provided a list of the most common causes to keep an eye out for if your temp gauge begins dipping into the red.

Check your coolant levels. It it's low or has the wrong water to coolant ratio, this could be the culprit. It's the most common cause and the most easily remedied.

There are a ton of parts that could malfunction within the cooling system, and it's really difficult to determine which on your own. Check your belts to make sure your water pump is keeping things flowing. Check your hoses to make sure they're all connected and intact.

Also, and take note of what conditions overheating occurs. When you take your vehicle to a professional (which you should,) your info could speed up their diagnosis.

If you notice the temperature climbing and you can't get to a service shop or dealership immediately, turn off the air conditioning immediately and put on the heater.

This will vent some of the heat from the engine compartment, giving you better odds that crucial engine parts may remain undamaged. 

The most crucial step is seeking help from a service professional as soon as possible. Constant overheating can destroy delicate parts and seals.

To save time and a massive headache, time is of the essence.

Written By: Todd Hendrickson

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