How Do I Stop Overheating?

This time of year, it’s important to think about how to keep things cool.  Checking things like your home air conditioning system and making sure you’ve got a pass to the local pool can be part of keeping your family cool, but what about keeping your car cool?  Overheating is one of the biggest causes of engine damage in cars today and the truth is, it’s an easily preventable problem.  Your vehicle is designed to keep itself cool and in many new cars, there are alerts and alarms to let you know there is a problem if your cooling system.  If your car already has trouble keeping cool, there are some tricks to stopping overheating even in the summer months.

If your car is overheating, obviously it’s important to check the cooling system, but there are some other instances that will cause your engine to run hotter than normal.  Unless you’re driving a classic, your vehicle uses a computer to decide how much fuel to add to each cylinder and when to fire the spark plug to get maximum power and efficiency from the engine.  The computer makes those decisions based on inputs from sensors in your engine.  For example, the oxygen sensor tells your car’s computer if the engine is running rich or lean.  If that sensor is bad, your engine could be running extremely lean which causes excess heat and could cause overheating.  Besides fuel, ignition timing can cause overheating as well if it is unnecessarily retarded.  Usually, your car can tell if you sensors are bad through the engine codes so reading these codes with a scanner can usually point you in the right direction.  If you can’t find any engine codes, you can check things like fuel pressure regulators or cam and crank position sensors if you suspect a problem with your engine’s computer.

In the case of an overheating engine, of course, you also need to check your cooling system.  Start by visually inspecting your radiator for damage.  Make sure you’re checking your radiator, not the AC condenser and look for bent fins, debris and even places for air to escape in between your condenser and radiator.  If lots of the fins are bent and blocking air flow, that could be what is causing a lack of heat transfer and overheating.

Next, think about the inside of your cooling system.  Unusual amounts of fouling can reduce heat transfer and cause overheating so try reading our article about How to Flush a Radiator to make sure that isn’t your problem.  Lastly, it’s worth thinking about the components like your water pump and thermostat.  If your car has overheated before it’s possible that your thermostat is damage so you may consider replacing it.

One of the quickest ways to cool things down in your engine no matter what the circumstances are is to increase your coolant’s ability to transfer heat.  That can be done quickly and easily by adding BlueDevil Engine Cool.  BlueDevil Engine Cool reduces the surface tension of your coolant allowing it to more efficiently transfer heat away from your engine and into the radiator.

For more information about BlueDevil Engine Cool, visit our product information page!

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10 responses to “How Do I Stop Overheating?

  1. i have honda accord 2001 car. we changed the head gaskit after heated up. We had changed temperature sensor and radiator cap. Also checked radiator and thermostat everything is good. no leaks anywhere near head gasket.
    Problem is: It eats lot of coolant and sometimes misfire and there is solid check engine light “ON” when it misfire. We take out bubbles from cooling system but it still eat a lot of coolant. Help!!!!!!

    1. Devinder-

      Thank you for asking about your Honda Accord. It is possible that you are getting combustion/exhaust gases pumping back into the cooling system.  You can use a “Block Dye Tester” to confirm whether or not that is the case. If that is the case, we do recommend using the BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer (http://store.gobdp.com/head-gasket-sealer-38386/).
      BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer will still work if your vehicle is getting combustion/exhaust gases blowing into the cooling system and creating pressure.  To give yourself the best overall chance of BlueDevil working successfully, in addition to the directions, you should remove the spark plug from the cylinder with the leak; this will be the spark plug from the cylinder with the low compression reading.  If you are not sure which one that is, you may pull all of the spark plugs and will notice one will have a white-crystal-like substance on it and/or may look dirty; this is the plug you should pull.  Leave that plug out for the 50 minute idle in order to relieve the pressure from building up and thus allowing the product to seal properly.  Be sure to follow the guidelines for the proper amount to use based on the size of your cooling system.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  2. Cadillac Deville 2000
    Constant fluctuation of the temp gauge
    Red zones in idle after 35+ mins
    Slight drip under middle of car
    Check Coolant indicator remains on even when topped off
    Blue devil 16 oz bottle added and car still red zones after 35+ mins in idle
    Reservoir seemed to have plenty of fluid even when some was removed for blue devil …
    Car was smoking from tail pipes but has not done so since application
    Car still is over heating

    1. Kenneth-

      Thank you for asking about your Cadillac Deville. The BlueDevil Pour-N-Go Head Gasket Sealer (http://store.gobdp.com/pour-n-go-head-gasket-sealer-00209/) is intended for use in 4 or 6 cylinder engines. To properly treat your Northstar V-8 engine, you would need 32 ounces of the product at one time. Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  3. I have a 2004 Chevy trailblazer 5.3 liter. Had a lot of problems out of old motor with over heating and eventually blew the motor. I recently put a motor , thermostat,waterpump,new radiator cap and flushed radiator with flush kit. After spending a lot more than I attended and the day I left the shop I was immediately let down as I way watched the temp gauge go to 260. It blew some smoke and i burped air out of lines. Went purchased bluedevil pour n go head gasket sealer . Flushed radiator,changed oil, took thermostat out put in new antifreeze and bluedevil head gasket sealer. The next day it got hot immediately . Checked​ hoses after Truck cooled and top and bottom hoses were sucked in and closed off. I really am at a point of becoming​ a not so nice guy with the guy that did work on my truck. I do this k ow what else to do. Please help

    1. Justin-

      Thank you for asking about your Chevy Trailblazer. First off, the BlueDevil Pour-N-Go Head Gasket Sealer is intended for use in 4 or 6 cylinder engines. It would not have been enough product to properly treat your V-8. Based on your description, it is possible that you are getting combustion/exhaust gases pumping back into the cooling system.  You can use a “Block Dye Tester” to confirm whether or not that is the case.
      BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer (http://store.gobdp.com/head-gasket-sealer-38386/) will still work if your vehicle is getting combustion/exhaust gases blowing into the cooling system and creating pressure.  To give yourself the best overall chance of BlueDevil working successfully, in addition to the directions, you should remove the spark plug from the cylinder with the leak; this will be the spark plug from the cylinder with the low compression reading.  If you are not sure which one that is, you may pull all of the spark plugs and will notice one will have a white-crystal-like substance on it and/or may look dirty; this is the plug you should pull.  Leave that plug out for the 50 minute idle in order to relieve the pressure from building up and thus allowing the product to seal properly.  Be sure to follow the guidelines for the proper amount to use based on the size of your cooling system.
      Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  4. Hi I have a over heating issue after using your Radiator and Block Sealer. I have a 2008 Chevy Malibu Ls 2.4. I did not have the over heating issue before just a coolant leak and someone at Advance Auto Parts told me to get this. Now my question is why is it over heating?

    1. Daniel-

      Thank you for asking about your Chevy Malibu. Where was the coolant leak coming from? Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

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