The most common causes of overheating include low coolant level (including that due to sudden large leaks), a faulty thermostat, a plugged radiator, a faulty radiator pressure cap, collapsed hoses, non functioning cooling fans, and a faulty water pump or drive belt.
What happens when a car overheats and shuts off?
Hi there. If the coolant leaks out too much, the computer will see this from the coolant temperature and coolant level sensors and shut off the engine to prevent any damage to the engine. If the engine does stall out and begins to overheat, then the engine’s head gasket maybe burned or the thermostat maybe stuck.
Will a car start if its overheated?
Engine Cooling System
If your car is overheating, it can be very serious. You shouldn’t continue to drive if you see the temperature gauge has moved towards the “hot” side. Your car may not immediately explode or anything like that, but driving with an overheating engine can cause serious damage to your vehicle.
How does overheating damage an engine?
Possible Hot Engine Damage
A consistently hot-running engine needs to be taken seriously because it can cause a lot of damage, such as a cracked head gasket or warped cylinders. Your car’s head gasket seals coolant passages in the head. When it’s cracked, the antifreeze may go everywhere and wreak havoc on the engine.
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