Engine Overheating Diagnosis & Repair: Auto Service Information by the Capitol Toyota Service Center

Engine Overheating Diagnosis and Repair Information at Capitol Toyota in Salem, OR

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A car that's overheating can put you (and your wallet) in serious danger. After being exposed to excess heat for more than just a few moments, a modern car engine can thoroughly destroy itself! That's where the cooling system comes in -- but, if the cooling system on your car has a problem, your engine might begin to overheat. It's important that you know what to do and why engine overheating is such a huge problem. On this page, the service experts from Capitol Toyota will tell you everything you need to know to protect your car from major engine damage. We'll tell you more about engine overheating, what causes it and what you should do to mitigate it.

What Causes a Car Engine To Overheat?

Engines naturally generate a tremendous amount of heat and friction, and modern cars feature a liquid cooling system to help dissipate all that heat. That means, if your car is overheating, you have a problem with the cooling system.

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Diagnosing an overheating engine can be tricky, but some of the components of your cooling system we'll check include the radiator, water pump, coolant hoses, radiator fans and more. For example, if the radiator has become rusty and corroded inside, it might not be exchanging heat like it should, and you need a new radiator. Or, if you have a coolant leak, you might need new hoses or fittings.

So, if you spot a green or orange puddle under your car, that could mean you've got a coolant leak that is leaking onto the ground. Take extra caution and be prepared to pull the car over if it continues to overheat.

Why Are Overheating Engines Dangerous?

Why is it so important to stop driving a car that's overheating? Because, at those high temperatures, metal components of your engine can begin to warp, melt and even fuse themselves together! If that happens, your engine is shot, and you'll need a new engine or a costly engine rebuild -- or, more likely, it'll be time for a new car altogether. Since an overheating engine can damage itself so badly and so quickly, don't ignore a temperature warning light! If you see one in your car, pull over as soon as possible and reach out to us for help getting the car safely towed to our service center -- so your engine doesn't suffer any more damage.

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Schedule Your Next Maintenance Visit Ahead of Time at Capitol Toyota

It's easy to work proper car maintenance into your busy schedule at Capitol Toyota. Just give us a call to speak to one of our friendly associates or use our online scheduler to select an available appointment time that works for you. Or, with Toyota Express Maintenance, you can stop by anytime without an appointment for basic maintenance like oil changes, tire rotations and multi-point inspections. We'll be able to get you in and out fast and perform all the maintenance basics everyone's car needs. Come see us soon at 783 Auto Group Avenue NE, Salem, OR 97301.

Expert Maintenance and Repair from Friendly, Factory-Trained Techs at Capitol Toyota in Salem

At Capitol Toyota, we do things Your Way on the Parkway, and that's not just on our sales floor. Our parts and service departments are dedicated first and foremost to giving great customer service. That means our factory-trained service team performs every service carefully and correctly. It also means we help you save money with our service coupons! But most of all, it means we listen, and put the needs of our customers first. You can save time and money by turning to the Toyota-authorized service center at Capitol Toyota -- and get a better car care experience.

  1. Capitol Toyota

    783 Auto Group Avenue
    Salem, OR 97301

    • Sales: (888) 459-7024

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