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Overheating, caused by loss
of coolant or over pressure,
can damage engine parts.
Older cars can be particularly prone to overheating, but
is largely the result of inadequate maintenance rather than
Fans, hoses, belts, the radiator and water pump all need
attention to ensure they are in tact and functioning well.
As soon as you notice that your temperature gauge is running
higher than usual, take the time to inspect your engine and
any problems before they cause an overheating disaster that
damages other engine components.
Belts and Hoses:
Any frayed or cracked hoses must be replaced.
If there are any loose connections, replace the whole hose.
It’s a good idea to check over all the hoses and belts when
your regular oil change.
A blown head gasket causes coolant leaks,
and you will find coolant
in your oil, or oil in your coolant.
Your engine will overheat if this problem persists, so keep
an eye on
your fluids to catch this problem as it occurs.
Your thermostat controls the movement of coolant through the
engine, keeping it out when the engine is cool and allowing
flow as the engine heats up.
If the thermostat fails, and coolant doesn’t run into a
the car will overheat very quickly.
If you haven’t found any problems with the belts and hoses
radiator, it may be time to replace your thermostat.
the Timing and
Adjust the Carburetor:
Make sure these are adjusted to suit the
specifications of the
While these are not part of the engine’s cooling system,
with engine timing and the carburetor can be a cause of
Clean off dirt and bugs from the front panel.
Check for any leaks, which will manifest as green or white
on tubes or the tank.
You can weld these cracks rather than use radiator sealant,
itself lead to more problems by interfering with water flow.
Also make sure that your radiator cap washer is being
time to time.
Check for inner blockages by disconnecting the lower hose
water into the top, the water should run out of the radiator
the same speed that you are pouring it in.
If not, back flush the radiator to unblock inner cooling
You may need to do this a few times to clear everything out.
These tips are merely a recommendation
to help save you time and money.
Check with your mechanic for professional
advice or service.