You are right to have thought of this question, the scorching in Africa is no joke. And, yes, very hot weather conditions can cause vehicle overheating.
But, that’s not all. Your vehicle can still overheat under normal weather conditions.
This is because there are other causes of vehicle overheating that are more serious than a hot weather condition.
One of these six reasons may match your car’s condition.
Read on to find out more.
- Faulty Cooling system
Here is a common cause of vehicle overheating.
When your combustion chamber reaches 4.500 degrees Fahrenheit, the cooling system pushes the heat outside. But if you have a leak in your cooling system, your car will have low coolant.
It will cause the temperature in the engine to rise and your car overheats.
We recommend that you check your coolant level regularly. Neglecting your cooling system and overall vehicle maintenance results in a question of when it will fail.
2. Bad Radiator
After your coolant has pushed out the heat from your car engine, it returns to the radiator to get its cool back. So, if you have a bad or damaged radiator, your engine can overheat. The radiator is an essential part of the cooling system that could be damaged by a build-up of debris or particles.
Regular check and inspection of the radiator can save you from overheating. You can schedule your car for inspection with Mecho Autotech.
3. Faulty Belts and Hoses
Cracked, loosed, or damaged belts and clogged hoses can cause your coolant to leak and impede the flow of coolant. The hose helps the coolant move between the radiator and the engine. While the belts transmit power from the engine to car accessories like air conditioning, charging system, or fans.
You need a qualified technician to check all these. That’s why you have us.
4. Bad Water Pump
The water pump pumps the coolant through the engine. So, if this is faulty the coolant will not flow properly and in some cases, it won’t flow at all.
5. Bad thermostat
The thermostat controls the coolant and stops it from going into the engine until the temperature is warm enough. So, a faulty thermostat may not open to let the coolant flow when needed. Hence, your vehicle gets to overheat.
6. Blown Head Gasket
A blown head gasket is another big cause of vehicle overheating. The gasket keeps the engine block away from the cylinder head. Your coolant may get into severe combustion if this gasket blows. Sometimes it causes a visible leak but other times it may not.
It is difficult to figure out all these causes and fix them if you are not a qualified technician. We recommend that you request a vehicle inspection to fish out lingering issues. You may also request on-demand repair if you are currently experiencing constant overheating.
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