Man looking under hood of car at overheating engine

What temperature will your engine start to overheat at?

Though you certainly can’t beat the feeling of having a reliable used car guiding you along the road, over time, it becomes important to keep tabs on your engine. With enough wear and tear, your motor could start to run hotter than normal, which can come with a few major hazards. If you have a temperature gauge inside your vehicle, you might be wondering: “What temperature will your engine start to overheat at?” Today we’ll show you, so you know when it’s time to get help! 

Normal operating temperature of new and used vehicles 

Most vehicles on the road today will have either an analog or digital temperature gauge, whose needle should be stationary around halfway up throughout your drive. Of course, factors such as air conditioning, towing and idling at a stop will impact this, but you should be fine if your car is running at anywhere between 190-220 degrees. Over this limit, and your radiator and coolant fluids run a higher risk of burning.  

Closeup image of temperature gauge inside vehicle

Risks of an overheating engine in your used model 

If you’re noticing your engine running too hot, it’s best to pull over and call for service immediately. Keep driving, and potential outcomes include the likes of diminished horsepower and fuel efficiency, all the way on up to a blown head gasket or shot engine block. In any case, you should be keeping an eye on your temperature always, to avoid the risk of something bad happening when you’re on the pavement.  

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Warranty coverages at Carville’s Auto Mart in Grand Junction CO 

When you purchase a quality used vehicle here at Carville’s Auto Mart, you’re instantly in line for three available warranty protection plans, which will cover your model’s engine and drivetrain performance in the event of any damage. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to view our inventory or get more information on the coverages that we offer!