Why Do Engines Overheat?

If your dash gauges are telling you the engine is too hot or, worse, there is steam escaping from your hood, the situation is dangerous. Overheating can be caused by a variety of problems, and getting the right answer requires a thorough examination and expert repair by a good mechanic.

Engines have a liquid-cooled system with a thermostat to regulate heat output. Leaking coolant or diluted coolant may leave the engine exposed to high heat levels. A faulty thermostat may cause heat to build up where coolant can't reach it. A mineral deposit or foreign object can have the same effect by reducing the thermostat's accuracy. A broken bearing or faulty impeller may end a water pump's effectiveness.

Overheating doesn't have to signal the end of your car's road life. Give the DCH Kia of Temecula service department a chance to set things right.

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