Albany Auto Repair

Why does my car get hot?

Why does my car get hot?


Summertime, Bring on the fun and the sun! Some of the best things about summer can give your car the most trouble.


Heat! As we come into the summer months, the warmer temperatures can wreak havoc on your car or truck. It’s already getting warm out there; Texas is melting as we speak! With higher temps, your car's cooling system has to work harder than ever to keep the engine cool and keep you cool inside. 


We have gone over the cooling system before, but with summer here now, it's a good time to go over a few things. When your car starts to warm up, your cooling fan will engage, the thermostat opens up, and your water pump may increase its speed.


Usually, that’s enough to keep things under control. But if you have a coolant leak and don’t have enough coolant in your car, then all those things won’t be enough. Or if your fan fails to turn on, the radiator is clogged, or your thermostat gets stuck in a closed position. Even the water pump itself can fail then no coolant at all is flowing. 


Luckily your car or truck has sensors and sometimes even a gauge on the dash to let you know if there is an issue with your cooling system.

These parts do sometimes fail, but proper maintenance can help prevent that or at least let you know when a part may be starting to have an issue, and we can fix it before it leaves you stranded on the side of the road.


At Crabtree Automotive, we work on all makes and models, even European.  From Honda to Audi and everything in between! So give us a call or schedule an appointment today with the link below.  


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