How hot does a car engine get?

Help me settle an argument. My friend Ralphio says that a car engine gets hot enough to fry an egg. I say if the engine were that hot, it would melt all the plastic under the hood. How hot does a car engine get?

Well, it looks like you owe Ralphio breakfast! The average temperature for an engine is between 195-220 degrees Fahrenheit. The perfect temperature to fry an egg is around 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
You are correct in a way, as well. The engine’s temperature does exceed the melting point of several materials under the hood, like aluminum. However, due to the magic of engineering, very rarely does the engine melt anything.
Actually, this is also why regular car maintenance is so important. The coolant in your car’s radiator is responsible for dissipating the heat from the engine. If the radiator isn’t cared for, the car will overheat.
If you are worried about your engine overheating or your car breaking down, try a roadside assistance membership with Jerry. Jerry’s roadside assistance membership protects you with its nationwide network of 55,000+ service providers.
Shannon Martin
Answered on Nov 08, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.

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