An engine overheats for different reasons, but the most common is a lack of water because of extended use before topping up or leaks.
The engine temperature is controlled by water, which is cooled by the radiator. During winter the radiator water also needs so-called anti-freeze, an additive that prevents the water temperature from dropping below freezing temperature when the outside temperature drops below zero – typically overnight when vehicles are parked outside. This additive can also prevent the water from boiling on the other side of the temperature spectrum.
Leaving the engine coolant to drop below the minimum level can cause serious long-term damage to the engine. To prevent that our team of trained engineers at Steves Auto Clinic will inspect the level of your coolant, add anti-freeze where required and report back on any serious issued identified, like leaks in the cooling system.