Car Overheating Glendora

It can be frustrating (and sometimes even dangerous) when your car is overheating, which why it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the temperature gauge, even in cold weather. When it starts to rise, or you get a warning indicator telling you that your engine is overheating, pull over immediately to prevent engine and cooling system damage.

Once your car and occupants are in a safe location, call the automotive professionals in Glendora, Certified Automotive Specialists. Our dedication to training and quality allows us to guarantee all parts and labor for 36 months or 36,000 miles, a warranty that is well above the industry standard. We are also ASE Blue Seal-certified, AAA-approved, and Motor Age magazine rates us as one of the top auto repair facilities in the nation!

How to stop my car from overheating?

Overheating Engine

An overheating older car could be nursed along by blasting the heater and driving slowly. Newer cars aren’t engineered to work that way. The gauge and indicators are letting you know that your coolant is not absorbing the engine’s heat. As the engine overheats, metal expands which can cause warping or melting that will result in costly repairs. The best way to stop your car from overheating is to pull over, turn off the engine, and call for help.

If you insist on trying to drive it to us on your own, wait for at least 30 minutes. Inspect the coolant reservoir and radiator—only unscrew the cap if it’s cold to the touch! Add coolant if necessary. Check for leaks. Drive until it starts to overheat again, at which point we strongly recommend you call us. Some of the first things we’ll look at are:

  • Thermostat failure—When you start your car, coolant circulates in the engine until it reaches a certain temperature . We’ll ensure the thermostat is opening and closing as needed so the engine runs at the optimal operating temperature.
  • Blocked airflow —As you drive, air is forced through the radiator. This airflow removes heat from the coolant. We’ll make sure there isn’t a buildup of material on the front or back side of the radiator that can obstruct airflow.
  • Leaking water pump—Over time, coolant gets dirty and deteriorates. Rust and scale can build up in the fluid. We’ll make a thorough inspection of your water pump to see if this buildup has degraded the seals in the pump, causing leaks.

When you’re about to lose your cool, we’ll make your sure your systems are good-to-go and get you back on the road ASAP. Give us a call at 626-541-2149 or use our online scheduler to make an appointment today!