Jaguars are famous for their exceptional power performance, luxurious feel, and interior comforts. While the power of these automobiles is what drives customers to purchase these vehicles, failures and faults in various systems can result in the engine overheating as you drive. Below you will learn more about why an engine may begin overheating and what to look for to avoid this problem.

Most Common Causes of Engine Overheating

There are several reasons for an engine to overheat. Listed below are a few of the most commonly-seen causes in our auto center:

  • Engine cooling system issues: The engine cooling system is responsible for sending coolant through the passages of the engine block, heads, and other moving parts of the engine. Adding the wrong type of coolant or neglecting to mix the coolant with purified water leaves the cooling system subject to corrosion. It is important to always mix the coolant with purified water and never tap water. The corrosion from this leads to engine malfunction and damages.
  • Coolant leak: A coolant leak commonly occurs at connection points within the cooling system such as head gaskets, the radiator cap seals, and the junction between the radiator hose and the water pump. A coolant leak results in less coolant flowing through the engine leaving the engine subject to overheating.
  • Expansion tank cracking: The expansion tank is a container designed to circulate coolant throughout the engine. When the expansion tank experiences wear and cracking a coolant leak occurs.
  • Thermostat failure: The thermostat is responsible for gauging the engine temperature and directing coolant to flow as needed to regulate the temperature keeping the engine cool. Over time, the extreme heat and corrosive substances that cover the thermostat lead to part malfunctions. Malfunctions of the thermostat can block the coolant from reaching the engine altogether resulting in catastrophic engine damage.

How to Tell if the Engine of Your Jaguar is Overheating

There are several tell-tell signs of an overheating engine with the easiest to detect is the temperature gauge on the dashboard reading hot. It is important to monitor the gauges and look out for warning lights found on the dashboard as these are tools to alert drivers that there is an issue.

Coolant puddling beneath the vehicle is another common warning sign to be alert to. While it was always thought that coolant is green, it can be green, yellow, red, pink, or blue. You will be able to see the puddle coolant beneath your vehicle as you move it away from where it has been parked.

Odd noises coming from the engine, specifically a loud ticking noise, means the engine’s oil has overheated to the point that it is no longer able to properly lubricate the engine and all moving parts. Drivers may also experience a burning and/or melting smell. As the engine temperature reaches extreme highs, it actually begins to melt the rubber and plastic parts beneath the hood.

In addition to the burning smell, drivers have also reported experiencing smoke billowing from beneath the hood. This is the result of the vehicle’s coolant reaching its boiling point and is now turning into vapors. This is an extreme case of your Jaguar overheating and requires that you do not drive further. An overheating engine, especially to this extreme, causes an increase in pressure within the cooling system that may result in an explosion in the engine bay and warped metal.

It is important that if you smell burning of any kind to pull over immediately and call a tow truck instead of driving your vehicle further.

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