Car engines generate large amounts of heat, and generally this is normal, as your Volvo has a cooling system in place to moderate this. However, if your engine overheats, the impact can be catastrophic damage to the engine.
Overheating can be due to excessive heat in the engine bay alone, or it can be caused by secondary factors such as insufficient cooling. For example, if your system does not have enough coolant, it is likely the engine will overheat. Given the seriousness of the matter, let’s look at some of the reasons a Volvo’s engine might overheat when driving and what can be done about it.
Coolant is a fluid that circulates throughout your engine and prevents it from overheating. You should have your coolant levels and condition checked regularly. Often a mechanic can detect bad/worn coolant by the color, as well. If worn or contaminated, the coolant must be flushed and replaced. However, if the level of fluid is noted to be low, you might only need to add more. However, this is not always the case, as it might be that the coolant was low due to a leak. You might be able to find such a leak by looking under your Volvo.
Leaks are a serious problem. They impair the drivability of your car along with the overall safety. It is very possible your Volvo will end up unable to start and you have sustained expensive damages should you ignore a leak!
Drive Belt Damage
The cooling system uses a water pump to operate, which in turn uses a belt. Drive belts should be inspected regularly for overall safety, as they are critical for many vehicle functions, including keeping the engine cool.
If the engine thermostat fails or malfunctions, your Volvo’s computer might not be able to obtain precise data about temperature, leading to insufficient cooling and possible overheating.
Inattention When Driving
While driving your Volvo, be sure to pay attention to your temperature gauge, especially if it is high. If your Volvo ends up overheating, the gauge will likely inform you on your dashboard. When safe to do so, pull over and stop the engine. Wait until the hood is cool enough to touch, and open it to allow the excess heat to escape the engine bay. You will need to have your Volvo towed to a trusted garage. You may try to put new coolant in the reservoir, but if there is a leak, it may quickly drain dry, causing another overheating incident. It’s best to tow your car to a service center for proper inspection and repairs.
Ignoring Cleaning and Flushing
Coolant should be flushed periodically. Usually, a mechanic also uses a cleaning solution when performing this function. The solution is run through the system prior to new coolant being provided. Additionally, a condenser is located in front of the radiator and is prone to accumulating debris. It should be cleaned to remove blockages that can impair airflow and therefore increased heat.
If you are driving in heavy city traffic with stops and starts constantly, try to drive smoothly rather than riding your brakes and then accelerating quickly only to stop at the next light. Your car will only serve you for as long as its systems, components, hose, and belts are properly maintained. If you run them hard, they will wear out faster and may surprise you with when and where they break down.
Cerrone’s European for Your Overheating Volvo’s Service and Repairs
Do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with our reputable service center so your Volvo can be diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible. Cerreone’s European in Redwood City, CA has been open since 1976. We are a AAA approved business and specialize in European vehicles. We are an independently-owned business that strives to provide quick, quality, and affordable service.
Our ASE certified technicians use specialized equipment and receive continuing training, ensuring they are up to date on all advancements. Additionally, new clients can redeem 10% off their service bill! We are located at 2306 El Camino Real Redwood City, California 94063. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Please call (650) 365-4145 to schedule an appointment today!