Car Overheats in Stop & Go Traffic Service FAQs in Olympia, WA
KIA overheat in stop and go traffic service FAQs

Why Does My Engine Overheat in Stop-and-Go Traffic? Learn More in Olympia, Washington

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If you've noticed that your Kia begins to overheat or run hot in stop-and-go traffic, but stays cool enough at higher speeds, the cooling fan is the most likely culprit. Modern vehicles have an electric radiator fan, which cools down the coolant by moving air through the radiator. If you're traveling at high enough speeds, enough air flows across the radiator without the fan. However, if you're stuck in traffic, you don't get that same air flow.

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How Difficult Is It to Fix Electric Cooling Fan Issues?

Fixing a cooling fan is generally a quick and simple task for factory-trained Kia technicians. However, specialized tools and an understanding of the vehicle's electrical system mean that it's much more complicated for do-it-yourselfers. Finding the cause of the broken fan can be difficult, as well. It could be as simple as a blown fuse, or it could be something hidden deeper in the wiring--or something else entirely like a failed electric motor.

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Why Else Might My Kia Overheat in Traffic?

There are many other reasons that the engine could run hot in traffic, including low coolant, a malfunctioning thermostat, or a worn drive belt. Even neglecting oil changes can lead to the engine running hot--though, in cases like these, it will generally also run hot at all times, not just in stop-and-go traffic. In order to avoid problems like these, it's a good idea to make sure you have your Kia on a regular maintenance schedule.

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The technicians at the Hanson Kia service center have been trained by the factory, so they know your Kia inside and out. They pair their expertise with genuine Kia parts, fluids, filters, and accessories, so you know that they're delivering only the best quality. Hanson Kia is your Kia source serving Lacey, Tumwater, and beyond.


Hanson Kia

2300 Carriage Loop SW
Directions Olympia, WA 98502

  • Sales: (360) 339-5079
  • Service: (360) 339-5079
  • Parts: (360) 339-5079
  1. Hanson Kia

    2300 Carriage Loop SW
    Olympia, WA 98502

    • Sales: (877) 816-5820

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