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Does Turning Your Car Heater Help With Engine Overheating?

Modern cars are equipped with incredible heating sensors and cooling systems that keep the engines running smoothly even during hot summer. However, your vehicle might still overheat despite the state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems due to several issues. These include:

  • Faulty radiator fan
  • A leaking or clogged cooling system
  • Defective gas gasket
  • Broken water pump
  • Issues with belts and hoses
  • Malfunctioning thermostat
  • Low coolant levels

Understanding the causes of overheating engines and how to react will help you remain calm and sober as you strategize on the best action.

What to Do When Your Engine Overheats While Driving

  • If an engine overheats when you are driving, it is accompanied by several red flags, including:
  • Thumbing noises
  • High-temperature gauge record
  • Unusual burning smells
  • Your vehicle's hood is excessively hot

Your car engine can overheat at the most unexpected times, including when driving, with no safe place to park. In such a case, you must remain calm and turn on your car heater. Continue driving your car until you find a safe place to pull over, after which you can switch off the engine and allow it cool. Once the engine has cooled, you can open up the vehicle's hood to release the heat and speed up the cooling process.

Turning your car heater can pull some heat and eliminate it from the engine. The heater blows into the heating system drawing heat from the coolant and using it to warm the air in the cabin. The coolant will release more heat in the radiator before being pumped back to the engine to draw more heat. You can eliminate the hot air in the cabin by opening the car windows. Sometimes, turning on your car heater might even be enough to correct and reverse the overheating process. All the same, you must have your car inspected by a professional mechanic and get a permanent solution to avoid further issues.

Overheating engines can lead to serious problems translating to expensive repairs and replacements. If you need engine repair in Los Angeles, CA or surrounding areas, do not hesitate to come to our world-class auto repair shop a call today. We look forward to seeing you at One Stop Auto Care!