Some Common Reasons Your Engine May be Overheating

If the engine in the car overheats, here is how you can try to diagnose the cause.

  • Be sure the engine is cool before you attempt to open the hood.
  • Look to see if the fan belts are still in good working order.
  • Take a close look at the radiator hoses for signs they may have leaked. Check the clamps are tight and not rusted or corroded.
  • The water pump should be dry on the bottom, if coolant is pooling, the pump bearing could have failed and coolant is no longer circulating the system.
  • Check the radiator cap is still on the radiator, if it is, make sure it is secure. The coolant should be to the top of the radiator, do not fill with water because it will evaporate too fast.

Don't ignore the car engine when it overheats, come to our service center at Jim Bass Ford Inc. so we can test the cooling system for serious issues.

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