How Hot Does a Car Engine Get and How to Solve it?
Overheating of a car’s engine is a very common problem in case of a new car or an old one. When the weather is hot, car’s engine often gets hot and produces overheat. Though it’s rarely seen in the modern vehicles, even an automobile which is well-tuned can also overheat. Now the question is how hot does a car engine get? And what should be done to solve the problem of overheating? Here’s the answer to the question and the ways to solve the problem of overheating.
How hot does a car engine get?
Every single system in the earth has a maximum limit. It’s always dangerous to cross the limit. Engines are not exceptional. They also have a limit of the task to perform. They usually get hot during general operations which is quite normal. But sometimes the engine gets too hot that causes their metals to glow red.
Normally most of the car companies produce their car with a maximum heat capacity of almost 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Those car engines that can get hooter more than 250 degrees Fahrenheit cost a lot. They are very expensive. They require specialized engine design and a sturdy construction. A constant operating temperature is a must for fuel economy, proper emission control, and better performance. The temperature mainly represents the power of liquid coolant. If the radiator cap creates no pressure on the coolant, then it will boil at 225 degrees. If the radiator cap and other related components are weak and lightweight, then they will surely fail to handle the pressure of the coolant.
The normal range of temperature for most of the ordinary car engines is 195-220 degrees Fahrenheit. As there is a wide gap between the normal and maximum temperature range, it’s almost impossible for an ordinary car to handle the maximum temperature. Only some specially made racing car’s engine can handle that temperature. You will be very surprised to know that some car engines have the ability to reach 300-400 degrees Fahrenheit which however lasts only for a while. The engine automatically stops working in that situation.
What should be done to solve overheating?
Park in the shade
One of the most common reasons for overheating a car engine is the existence of excess temperature. If you keep your car in a place like an open field or street where the sun is heating directly, there are huge chances that your car’s engine will get hot quickly. The thing you can do is that you can keep your car in the shade. You can easily feel the difference of temperature between sun and shade. It can not only solve the problem of overheating, but also can extend the life of your car.
Open the hood
Sometimes the engine creates steam because of overheating. In that situation, you need to turn off your car and then open up the hood of the car. If you open the hood, then the steams will be able to get out of there and spread widely. This will help the engine to completely cool down. Don’t try to open the hood by your hands if the engine is steaming for a long time. It’ll be safe for you to wait for at least 30 minutes before you open the hood.
Check the coolant tank
Coolant is a liquid element that helps to regulate or reduce the temperature of an engine. There is an existence of coolant tank in every car. When the tank is full, the temperature is down and the engine remains cool. But when coolant ends, the engine starts to produce excess heat. It’s an important task for you to check the coolant tank and see whether it’s full or not. If the tank is still full of coolant, then that’s either an electrical or a mechanical issue. If you see the tank is empty, then fill it with coolant. It’s better for you to wait and let the engine be cool before checking the coolant level.
Look for a leak
Leakage in the cooling system is very common. It causes overheating a car’s engine. You may find your coolant tank full and the level is topped up. The radiator head may also seem compromised. If it’s still overheating, be sure that there is a leakage in the car’s cooling system. If you have enough experience of operating a car, then you can check the radiator and core plugs of the engine for a sign of leakage. And if you don’t know much about cars, then bring it to the nearest mechanic. Tell them to make a pressure-test of the cooling system.
Use a sunshade
Excess temperature causes overheating. As you can’t guarantee that you will always find a shelter or a shaded place to park your car, it’s much better for you to keep a sunshade in your car. A sunshade is an ultra violate heat shield that protects the interior from damages and helps to keep the interior cool. You can even try a custom-made sunscreen according to the model of the car. This will definitely resist your car’s engine from getting hot.
Antifreeze, mostly known as coolant is an amazing element that is very useful to solve the problem of overheating. It’s wise to keep antifreeze inside your car and use them in case of emergencies. If you add antifreeze when your coolant is low, it’ll help in solving the overheating problem of the engine. It’s equally effective in conditioning the car’s engine even during the cold season. You need to open the radiator cap and directly pour the antifreeze into it. Note that, you should use a cloth to open the radiator cap because it’s risky for your hand if you don’t use the cloth.
Turn on the floor vents
To get the air flowing, most of the time people turn on the upper vents ‘high’ after getting into the car. But it’s better to let the air flow through the floor vents. As the hot air will rise, you can switch it to the bottom vents and can put the blower at the ultimate setting for pushing the hot air out. Then when the car will start to be cool, you can again open the upper vents.
Most of the time we think overheating is a minor problem. But it may sometimes get devastating and cause a brutal damage to the engine and also the car. So, it’s better to have the preparation to defend the problem and take stem to solve the problem of overheating.