Toyota Driving

An engine that is overheating in your Toyota can cause significant problems. The engine can show several signs of a problem to let you know that something is wrong. You might notice the engine's rising temperature gauge, which means the engine is strained beyond its typical limit. Smoke beneath the hood is another indication of serious engine problems, and a burning smell may accompany this as well. It's essential to turn off your car, roll down the windows, and contact a Toyota mechanic for repairs right away.

Cooling System Leaks

Your vehicle's cooling system is one of the car's main systems that keep the engine running. The cooling system has many moving parts subject to wearing out or developing problems, especially with age. The cooling system's hoses can be the source of the leak and other components such as the heater core, freeze plugs, water pump, and head gasket. Without mechanical expertise and diagnostic tools, you may not be able to locate the source of the leak on your own. However, puddles of orange, blue, or green liquid under the car can indicate a leak in the system that needs to be fixed.

Low Coolant Levels

No matter the brand, every car needs the right amount of coolant fluid to operate. The coolant fluid also needs to be clean and clear to allow your car's engine to run smoothly. Low levels of coolant fluid or coolant fluid that is not clean enough can negatively affect the engine's performance. If you see colorful liquids dripping from your car, you might be looking at a coolant fluid leak. Another sign of a leak is if you need to start refilling the coolant fluid tank more often.

Bad Thermostat

The thermostat is a valve located in your vehicle's cooling system. The valve's main role is making sure that the coolant fluid reaches the radiator when it needs to. The coolant fluid won't pass through if the thermostat becomes closed, which in turn can make the engine overheat. You may be able to tell if the thermostat is the problem if you notice that the thermostat continually reads a temperature that's beyond the engine's normal operating range.

Bad Radiator

The radiator, another critical component in the cooling system, can negatively impact your Toyota's performance if it breaks. Leaks can develop in the radiator that keeps it from pulling heat and hot air away from the engine.

Contact our Toyota dealership for service and repair today.


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