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Q: Car overheats

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My car is overheating.

A: Hi. The cooling system is designed to keep ...

Hi. The cooling system is designed to keep your engine at normal operating temperature (approximately 190-210 degrees fahrenheit). When this doesn't happen, it means there is a failure somewhere in your cooling system. The main cooling system components are the radiator, water pump, thermostat, hoses, heater core and fan. However, failed engine components, such as a blown head gasket or cracked intake manifold, can also cause overheating. A trained professional, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to determine the cause of the overheating problem.

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