Why Is My Car Overheating?

Overheating Car Engine


As long as there’s been moving mechanical components that create friction (and thus heat), there’s been the potential for overheating. In the case of the modern automobile, a computer-monitored cooling system is used to help prevent this – but the components in this system experience wear just like any other, and can leave your vehicle prone to overheating if left unchecked. Learn more about what causes a vehicle to overheat, as well as what to do when a car overheats – just keep reading! Be sure to contact us if you have any questions!

What Does It Mean When Your Car Overheats?

Like many things that can happen on the roads of Oak Lake, an overheating incident is merely a symptom of a larger problem with your vehicle. A certified technician is your best option for figuring out the problem, and our Service Department has the staff and equipment to figure out the problem, which could be any of these:

  • It’s possible that there’s a leak in your cooling system.
  • There could be an issue with the coolant in your vehicle – possibly the wrong type.
  • One of the coolant hoses may have blockage in it, preventing coolant from flowing.
  • There could be an issue with the radiator itself.
  • Your vehicle’s coolant pump may be malfunctioning.

Knowing these possibilities can help you stay on top of the life of these components and thus make overheating much less likely. Next we’ll cover what to do when a car overheats.

What to Do When a Car Overheats

No matter where you are, Birtle and beyond, an overheating can happen to you, so it’s important to be prepared. Follow these steps when your vehicle overheats, and you’re already on the road:

  • Turn off any air conditioning and run the heat at full capacity.
  • Pull over as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Don’t touch the hood or engine components for about 20-30 minutes at least.
  • Contact a tow service to bring your vehicle to Virden Mainline Motors or another certified Service Centre.

Count On Our Service Department!

Our team of experienced service writers and certified mechanics are ready and waiting to get you safely back on the road today – so if you’re in the Virden area or near Virden, be sure to have the tow truck driver take you to Virden Mainline Motors! While you’re here, feel free to ask about our Service Specials, and save money on other services and repairs!


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