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Why Is My Car Overheating?

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What causes a car to overheat? There are many reasons why a vehicle overheats. No matter the cause, you should never drive a car that is overheating. Some issues that cause a vehicle to overheat can range from a leak in your cooling system to your radiator and more. Below, we explore many answers to, why is my car overheating? And what to do when a car overheats. Contact our service department if you have further questions, then read about the BMW warning lights and what they mean!.

What Does It Mean When Your Car Overheats?

When Greensboro drivers incur a car that is overheating, there are plenty of reasons why and they are:

  • There’s a leak in the cooling system: You may have a leak in your cooling system. A leak could be the radiator, hoses, water pump, head gasket, or thermostat.
  • There’s a problem with your coolant: Your coolant-to-water ratio could be off (50/50 is correct) or you may have put the wrong coolant in your car.
  • There’s a blockage in the coolant hose: Oftentimes, dirt and debris get stuck in the coolant hose and can cause a car to overheat.
  • There’s an issue with the radiator: Another common reason why Jefferson drivers cars overheat has to do with the radiator. There could be a blockage, leak, or something wrong with the radiator fan.
  • Your car’s water pump is broken: The water pump that sends engine coolant to the cooling system could have a leak or a shifted pump shaft.

What to Do When a Car Overheats

If you suddenly find yourself driving a vehicle that is overheating, you need to locate a safe spot to pull over. You can try a quick tip of turning off your AC and running the heat in your car. Sounds absurd, right? However, running your heater will help pull the heat away from your engine. 

Whatever you do, DO NOT open the hood until 30 mins or more has passed. You risk injuring yourself if you open the hood while it is still hot. Call a tow truck near Watkinsville to take your car to our service center in Athens!

You Can Count on the Athens BMW Service Department!

Our technicians will have you back on the road in no time. Our service department will identify the underlying cause and provide you with solutions so we can fix it. You can schedule a service appointment online and save by using our service specials. Then, learn more about what your recommended BMW tire pressure is to ensure you’re always driving safely in Athens!

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