Honda Ridgeline Driving

Your car relies on a properly functioning engine to run. The engine can encounter several problems that affect its performance, which can cause damage to other parts of the car or even leave you stranded on the side of the road. One issue with the engine is overheating, which happens for a few various reasons. Any time your car starts producing smoke or a burning smell means it's time to visit a mechanic for a diagnosis and repairs before more serious engine problems and damage occur.

Water Pump

If your engine is overheating, the water pump may be to blame. The water pump ensures that various cooling systems get enough coolant fluid using a pressurized system. The water pump, however, can stop moving coolant fluid if it breaks. The water pump is subject to erosion and leaks, which block fluid from passing along to the engine. The water pump's belt can also break or move out of position, which prevents the movement of coolant fluid through the vehicle.


Your car has a radiator in the cooling system that removes hot air from the engine. In turn, that helps lower the engine's heat level so that it doesn't overheat. A broken radiator won't be able to cool the engine properly, which in turn causes its internal core temperature to rise higher than normal. The radiator also works with fans that can get clogged or otherwise break, leading to overheating.

Low Coolant Fluid

Your car's engine needs a certain level of coolant fluid to function properly. If it doesn't have enough coolant fluid, it will get too hot, leading to the engine overheating. All cars need to have coolant fluid added periodically to protect the engine. However, if there is a leak somewhere in your car's cooling system, you may find that you need to refill the coolant fluid's reservoir more often. A leak in the system can initially start as a small problem, which means you should have it fixed as soon as possible to avoid more significant engine damage down the road.

Broken Belts

Several belts are also included in a car's cooling system. Belts are subject to constant pressure, which makes them prone to wear out over time. A belt that gets worn out is more likely to break, which blocks the normal flow of coolant fluid. Belts can also slip and cause the cooling system to stop working.

For expert diagnostics and repairs for an overheating engine, contact our dealership today.

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