symptoms of engine damage from overheating

February 20, 2023

symptoms of engine damage from overheating

Symptoms of engine damage from overheating

Symptoms of engine damage from overheating is a very serious problem that can lead to major repairs or a complete engine replacement. Overheating is caused by a variety of factors such as low coolant levels, a clogged radiator, a malfunctioning thermostat, or a broken water pump. When the temperature of the engine rises too high, it can cause the metal components to expand, leading to warping and eventually engine failure.

Symptoms of engine damage from overheating can vary, but some of the most common signs include:

Loss of Power: Overheated engines often lack power and may struggle to accelerate.

Steam or White Smoke: When an engine is running too hot, steam or white smoke will come out of the exhaust.

Knocking or Rattling Noises: If the engine is overheating, it may also make knocking or rattling noises as the metal components expand and contract.

Burning Smell: If the engine is overheating, there may be a burning smell coming from the engine bay.

Leaking Coolant: If the engine is leaking coolant, it is a sign that it is running too hot and needs to be addressed.

Warning Lights: The dashboard warning lights may come on to alert the driver that the engine is running too hot.

Why did my car overheat?

There are many possible causes of a car overheating, including low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, a broken water pump, a restriction in the cooling system, or a faulty radiator. It is best to take your car to a mechanic for a proper diagnosis.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to turn off the engine and have it checked out by one of our technicians at our auto repair shop as soon as possible. Continuing to drive an overheated engine can cause severe and expensive damage.

Buddy Rausch
Buddy Rausch

Buddy started his auto career journey at Butte College and started his own auto repair company in 2007. Since then he has worked on countless cars, diagnosing, repairing, and replacing worn, faulty, and broken parts.

After a few years, he moved to a bigger shop to accommodate his growth and to better serve the Chico, CA community. It’s a family-owned & operated business.

Outside of work Buddy enjoys spending time with his family and playing softball is one of his many passions.

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