What Happens When a Car Overheats?

When a car’s engine runs, it naturally builds up heat. The cooling system is in charge of keeping the motor between 195 to 220 degrees. The cooling system is coolant liquid, hoses, fans, and pumps. If any component underperforms, breaks, or begins to leak, the car could start to get hot. The coolant liquid must always be moving and capturing heat then removing it. Circulation can stop because of a broken thermostat or bad pump.

If a vehicle gets too hot, the pistons expand. The expanded pistons can no longer fit into the cylinders correctly, and they grind and scrape against them damaging the motor. Signs of an overheating engine are pinging noises coming from the engine or poor gas mileage. Make sure to keep an eye on the dashboard temperature gauge, and don’t ignore any warning lights.

Be sure to have your motor inspected on a regular basis. Contact our Nissan service team here at Sheehy Nissan of White Marsh to make an appointment today.

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