While driving in hot weather is a factor in engine overheating, it's not the only factor. Low coolant level or a cooling system leak are other reasons that your car engine can overheat. You may also be experiencing a failing water pump or thermostat.
Is it normal for a car to run hotter in the summer?
Car engines normally run at an optimum temperature of around 90°, but can run hotter in warm weather. That's why it's important to have a coolant/antifreeze that offers boil protection.
What happens when your car gets too hot in the summer?
When your car’s running hot in the summer, the oil circulating around the engine will thin slightly due to the heat. This can mean that some parts of the engine don’t get the protection they need, resulting in increased friction and the potential for engine damage.
Why does my engine run hot when I drive?
Engine runs fine but gets very hot while driving. This problem usually occurs after moderate to extended periods of driving. You may or may not notice steam coming from the hood or smell coolant. Any of the above causes for overheating on short trips. The car is overloaded or being driven too hard.
Why does my car lose horsepower in the summer?
That means that in the summer, your intake receives less concentrated levels of oxygen than in the winter, causing the engine to lose horsepower trying to make up the difference. The other problem with warm air is that it can suspend more water particles when it’s humid out, which further displaces the oxygen.
What causes a car to overheat while driving?
Clogged or damaged radiator Low coolant level Damaged water pump or thermostat Overworked engine Assuming your cooling system is working properly meaning it’s full of clean coolant and doesn’t have any damaged or clogged components, then it’s possible your cooling system just needs a little help to keep things at the right temperature.
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