One of the worst things that can happen as you’re driving down the road, especially if you need to be somewhere at a certain time, is for your car to overheat. When the temperature light comes on, it’s important not to push your vehicle any further, but to find a reputable auto service shop to fix the issue. At Clarke’s European in Vancouver, we can take care of your car’s overheating problem, and we’ll check the radiator, the cooling system, and anything else that could be causing the problem.

What Causes a Car to Overheat?

It’s easy to think that it’s more likely for your car to overheat on a hot summer’s day, but that’s not always the case. Problems with the radiator can cause the engine to get too hot, even on a normal day, and if that happens, it’s important to get your vehicle inspected as soon as possible. There could be a leak in the cooling system, or there may not be enough coolant in the system. If your coolant hose is blocked by debris or sediment, you’ll want to have a certified mechanic remove the blockage as soon as possible.

One of the biggest issues that can cause overheating is a broken water pump. This pump pushes the coolant through the engine, keeping it at a proper temperature as you’re driving down the road. Any issue with the pump can mean big problems when you’re in traffic, and if you think something is wrong, we can provide the n01ecessary repairs.

What to Do When Your Car Overheats

You never want to be stranded on the side of the road, so if your temperature indicator lights up on the dashboard, here are some things you can do to hopefully keep your car on the road until you make it to our shop:

  • Turn Off the AC – If you’re running the air conditioner when the temperature light comes on, then shut it off and roll down the windows. This can decrease the load on your engine and help it cool off.
  • Turn on the Heater – This may not seem like the best thing to do, especially on a summer day, but turning on the heater and putting the fan on full can transfer the heat from the engine to the passenger compartment. You’ll want to have the windows down, since this scenario can quickly become uncomfortable for you and anyone else in the car.
  • Pull Over and Let it Cool Down – If the temperature gauge is climbing rapidly, or you’re worried about the car boiling over, find a shady spot to pull over and let the vehicle cool down. Hopefully it will cool down quickly and you can get back on the road. Remember, don’t try to remove the radiator cap while it’s hot, or add water while the engine is overheated. You’ll still want to bring it into our shop as soon as possible so that we can take a look at what caused the problem in the first place.

If you’ve have an imported vehicle that’s more than a few years old, and it’s constantly overheating, then bring it to Clarke’s European today. As one of the premier auto service shops in Vancouver, we can properly diagnose the problem and provide the necessary repairs. Our goal is to get you back on the road as soon as possible in a car that is safe and reliable.

Stop by our shop at 2612 Main Street, call us at (360) 252-9583, or fill out the form below to get in touch with us.

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