Heat is a natural byproduct of the operation of your standard car, and Volkswagen is no different. It takes quite a large amount of energy to run automobiles, and through this action, the engine environment gets very hot.
Fortunately, your vehicle is equipped with a cooling system that helps to keep the temperature stable and prevent damage to the engine. Like most car systems, the risk of malfunction is always a possibility, so it’s important to understand your cooling system and the components therein. If the cooling system were to malfunction, then the engine would eventually overheat. In order to avoid the chance of overheating, follow the procedures below to keep your engine in good operating order.
Understanding Your Cooling System
The cooling system uses a liquid called coolant, or antifreeze, and circulates it through various components that come into contact with the heat generated in the engine. The coolant circulates and comes into contact with the heat and then passes through the radiator. Once it exits the radiator, it is now much cooler than before. The process repeats.
Problems will occur if this cycle is interrupted. If you notice your temperature light turn on, then you must take prompt and appropriate action to avoid any unnecessary damage.
How to Avoid Overheating Your Engine
You will need a professional mechanic to make repairs if your cooling system fails. Being proactive is the best way to go. You can check your coolant levels every so often to determine if you have the right amount cycling through your system. There are indicators on the coolant reservoir to let you know if the level is too high or too low. It’s best to keep the level somewhere in the middle. It’s also easy to avoid this issue by keeping extra coolant with you when you travel.
You also need to keep an eye on your radiator cap. While in operation, the cooling system needs to be pressurized to perform its intended purpose. This can also be a problem area, as the cap can come loose due to vibrations from the engine, crack, or even come off completely. This would cause leaks in the cooling system.
Unnecessary stop-and-go driving or quickly stopping can put undue stress on the engine, causing it to work harder and generate more heat. While these situations aren’t entirely within your control, being mindful of the risks involved with driving can alleviate overheating.
What To Do When Your Engine Overheats
If you notice your car is overheating, be mindful of traffic and your surroundings, and pull over safely. Call for help from a roadside service or a towing service. Once you have done that, it’s crucial that you allow at least 30 minutes for your engine to cool before touching anything. The engine components can cause severe burns if you open the radiator and boiling steam and water vapor shoots out due to pressure buildup.
Check under the vehicle for puddles or a consistent drip of antifreeze. Once the engine has sufficiently cooled, add more coolant if you have some on hand. Make sure you have the vehicle towed to a shop where a Volkswagen specialist can inspect and repair the cooling system.
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