2021 Porsche 911 Turbo

Why is My Porsche Overheating?

From a leak in the cooling system to an issue with the radiator, there are a number of reasons why a Porsche might overheat. There’s a “normal” place for the temperature gauge to sit in each vehicle. Most cars tend to operate between 195 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. 

If you start your Porsche but notice the gauge is reading far higher than normal, do not drive the car. If you drive an overheating car, you could put yourself in danger and it will only cause bigger, costlier issues down the road. Learn more about what causes a car to overheat with the Rusnak/Pasadena Porsche service team today!



What Does it Mean When Your Car Overheats?

If your Porsche is overheating, it’s a clear sign that there’s a bigger issue to take care of. Here are a few of the most common reasons your car might overheat:

  • There’s a leak in the cooling system – Most often, a leak in the cooling system is what’s causing your car to overheat. The radiator, hoses, water pump, head gasket, and thermostat housing are all components of the cooling system, and all can be susceptible to leaks.
  • There’s a problem with your coolant – If the wrong coolant was put in your car, or you have an improper coolant-to-water ratio (50/50 is proper), your engine may be prone to overheating. 
  • There’s a blockage in the coolant hose – The next possible culprit is the coolant hose. There are plenty of opportunities for dirt and debris to get in your cooling system on Los Angeles roads. Unfortunately, this can cause blockages in the coolant hose. 
  • There’s an issue with the radiator – Radiator issues are another common reason a car would overheat. There could be a blockage, a leak, or something wrong with the radiator fan, and all could cause a car to overheat.
  • Your car’s water pump is broken – The water pump sends engine coolant throughout the cooling system. Yours may be suffering from a leak or a shifted pump shaft, both of which often cause overheating.

What to Do When a Car Overheats

Sometimes, your Porsche may start overheating when you’re on the road. The first thing you’ll want to do is turn off the air conditioning and run the heat at full blast instead. When you’re able to pull to safety, you shouldn’t attempt to pop the hood for at least 30 minutes. The best way to maintain your safety and that of others nearby is to call a towing service to pick up your vehicle.

You Can Count on the Rusnak/Pasadena Porsche Service Department!

When the time comes to have your vehicle serviced, use the service specials available at the Rusnak/Pasadena Porsche service center to save more. Even if your vehicle isn’t overheating, you’ll want to keep up with regular maintenance to ensure your safety on Arcadia roads. Have questions in the meantime? Contact our team!

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