What Happens When Your Car Overheats?
It's not an unfamiliar sight. You'll see a car speeding down the road with what at first appears to be smoke coming out from under its body. Initially, you might wonder why the driver doesn't grasp that his car is on fire. But it isn't on fire, and that's not smoke from a fire but vapor coming from its overheated cooling system. Most likely, there's a leak in the cooling system somewhere, and that leak could quickly lead to an overheated engine. In turn, an overheated engine could lead to a massive expense.
In all types of cars, the engine is the costliest "system." Overheating can leave it beyond repair in a matter of a few ill-timed seconds. Naturally, you might wonder: What happens when your car overheats? Before we get to the final answer on that, though, let's examine why engines overheat in the first place.