And when your vehicle is older, you’re asking for problems if you don’t take proactive measures to ensure your car is ready for the heat.
If you’re Canadian, you know that winter has always been famous for being rough on us. However, over the past few years, wildfires have taken their toll on our province, and many of them have started due to sweltering weather temperatures. If you’re wondering what signs and symptoms you should be on the lookout for, read on.
Signs Your Car Is Overheating:
Hot Hood – Your vehicle is always warmer after running. However, if the hood is especially hot and after running for only a short time, it could be a sign that your engine is overheating.
Smoke or Steam – This one is kind of obvious, but still, we felt it important to put it on the list. If your vehicle has any kind of smoke, steam, or vapors billowing out from under your hood, your car is overheating.
Poor Performance in Hot Weather – If you notice that your gas mileage is getting worse during the summer months, along with slow or sluggish acceleration, or any kind of hesitation when shifting, it could be that your engine is overheating.
Smells Hot – Did we just say, “smells hot”? Yes, yes, we did. You wouldn’t think something could “smell hot” as heat is a temperature, not an odor, but you can. There are certain smells associated with an engine overheating, and if you smell them, it’s something you need to address. The smells may resemble burning plastic or rubber, hot grease, or a distinctive burning oil smell. If you notice any unusual scents coming from under your hood in hot weather, your engine overheating may be the culprit.
Loud Thumping or Other Engine Noises – This one is a bit tricky because engine noises don’t specifically distinguish cooling problems. However, if you’re noticing new sounds alongside of some of the other mentioned symptoms above, it could mean trouble for your cooling system.
Your Check Engine Light is on – Another obvious indicator is that your check engine light is on. Also, much like the unusual engine noises, it isn’t a symptom just by itself. However, if it’s coupled with any of the other signs and symptoms, your engine is likely overheating.
Watch for Indicators of Your Car Overheating
An overheating engine can give subtle indications prior to overheating, or it can simply hit suddenly and without warning, right out of the blue. The important thing is to know what to do when you vehicle overheats, so that you can help contain any potential fire.
The great news is that if you panic when it happens, and your vehicle suffers fire damage as a result (it happens to the best of us), More Cash For Scrap will buy your car. We buy scrap cars, trucks, SUV’s, and vans with fire or flood damage, no matter how extensive it is.