Showing articles & questions for topic
overheating

Related articles

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Carburetor
Common signs include reduced engine performance, black smoke coming from the exhaust, backfiring, overheating, or hard starting.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Coolant Tube
Common signs include low coolant levels, visible coolant leaks, and engine overheating.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Water Pump
Common signs include coolant leaks at the front-center of the car, loose water pump pulley, overheating engine, and steam coming from the radiator.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Coolant Reservoir
Common signs include needing to constantly add coolant, finding coolant leaks, and the engine overheating.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Cooling Fan Relay
Common signs include the engine running hot and cooling fans either not functioning or running all the time.
How to Troubleshoot Car Overheating Causes
Car overheating can be caused by low coolant, a faulty radiator fans, a broken serpentine belt, or a stuck thermostat. Stop driving an overheated car.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing AC Condenser Fan
Common signs include lukewarm air coming from the AC vent, the car overheating while idle, and a burning smell in the car.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Low Water Sensor
If your car has low coolant without a warning, the Coolant Light comes on for no reason, or the car is overheating, replace the low water sensor.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Fan Clutch
If your car has a fan clutch, common signs include the vehicle overheating, the cooling fans working very loudly, or engine performance decreasing.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Coolant Temperature Switch (Sensor)
Common signs include poor fuel economy, black smoke coming from the engine, engine overheating, and the Check Engine Light turning on.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Electronic Ignition Pickup
If your car has an electronic distributor ignition system and the engine stalls or car does not start, you may have to replace the ignition pickup.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Oil Cooler Adapter Gasket
Common signs include oil leaking from the oil cooler adapter, engine block, and oil filter. Prevent damage to your engine by getting the gasket fixed.
Symptoms of Bad or Failing Intake Manifold Gaskets
Common signs include the engine constantly overheating, coolant leaking, engine misfires, and a decrease in power, acceleration, and fuel economy.
The Best Tool to Find Coolant Leaks
Diagnosing a car issue can be a tricky without proper tools. A coolant pressure tester is useful for diagnosing overheating issues and coolant leaks.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Serpentine/Drive Belt
Common signs include a squealing noise from the front of the vehicle, power steering and AC not working, engine overheating, and cracks on the belt.
How To Keep Your Car From Overheating
Monitoring your coolant level, turning the A/C off in very hot weather, and regular inspections will help you avoid having an overheating car.
How Long Does a Water Pump Last?
The engine in your car produces a lot of heat, which means that the cooling system in your car will need to do its job to keep it from overheating. There are...
How to Keep Your Car Running Well When It’s Hot Outside
Your car is affected considerably by the environment around it, including: Cold, freezing temperatures Dry, arid climates Hot temperatures and direct sunlight Precipitation in the form of rain...
How to Diagnose a Cooling System Problem
You may be driving down the road or sitting at a stop light when you first notice the temperature gauge in your vehicle starting to climb. If you let it go...
How to Replace a Fan Clutch
A fan clutch controls the car engine cooling fan and operates on temperature. It's mounted to the water pump and can cause overheating if it's broken.

Related questions

Question
My temperature warning light is on, I've been parked for almost an hour to let the engine cool down. The temperature gauge cursor
The reason your heater was not working was because your engine did not have enough coolant in the engine to pump it into the heater system. You have overheated the motor now. You will need to find out when the...
Question
95 3000gt gets hot while accelerating but not during idle. Also doesn't reach the red line, but stays a notch or two below.
There is inadequate coolant flow or, less likely, a leak at the head gasket. Remote possibilities include dragging brakes, under inflated tires, and transmission faults. Inadequate coolant flow can be due to a low coolant level, a faulty thermostat, a...
Question
My car system beeped with the low coolant warning light and went to cold and then it completely shut off
Hello. If the coolant was low enough and if the engine started to get hot then it will shut down. Hopefully the engine turned off before any damage occurred. If the coolant was that low then there is a leak....
Question
I have a mini r53 s (supercharged) runs fine but when car stop and AC is on for a wile car overheat
Your question makes me think of a case I ran into a few years ago. The owner had modified his car but when he installed his fans, one of them was wired backwards so the fan ran in reverse. The...
Question
if I'm at stand still it goes hot once I travel it cools yesterday that happened and it stAll I crank it starts but shut off audi
A low coolant level can cause overheating however there are lots of additional causes of overheating. Coolant leaks are easy to find via pressure testing. In the context of such a test, if pressure falls and yet no external leak...
Question
My 1998 honda civic lx has started to over heat and the check engine light is on what can i do to fix it
Your car is overheating and you mention adding coolant a couple times, but it is unclear if a coolant leak is a "cause" or an "effect" of overheating in your case. That is, if you have a coolant leak, eventually...
Question
I have gray smoke coming out of my tailpipe but it's not heavy smoke and my car check engine light is orange​ my car shut off
You did not mention why the radiator was replaced but I think your engine was overheated causing the head gasket to go bad. This would cause the white smoke out of the tail pipe and an engine misfire and overheating...
Question
my car is running hot and i have already changed my thermostat and sensor. a coolant build on the hose beside the housing
The engine temperature should be measured independent of the dash gauge and/or a scan tool should be used to read the temperature sensor directly to determine what the operating temperature actually is. If the car is in fact overheating, it's...
Question
saw some radiator fluid leak, some clear water. overheated. Water pump? thermostat? Radiator full
Hello, thank you for writing in. Air conditioning systems do condensate and drip water. This is totally normal, and likely unrelated to the cooling system problems. If the coolant is full, and it was not the source of the leak,...
Question
PT Cruiser, replaced radiator and thermostat, dashboard gauge reads normal but car is running hot and having to add coolant daily
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is reading normal temperatures because the fluid temperature sensor needs to be in the fluid to give an accurate reading. The second there is a leak and the fluid level drops, that...
Question
Overheating
On head and block, those surfaces have to be measured before you apply a head gasket. If they are not flat within around .002 inches, you can get leaks and that alone can account for overheating. It is possible that...
Question
My car was overheating won't start after we fix it
Check for diagnostic trouble codes. Overheating has the potential to cause head gasket leaks and valve and piston damage. You should measure cylinder compression to first be sure that the engine is basically mechanically sound. If cylinder compression is normal,...
Question
Blown head ?
You should have the cooling system tested for combustion gasses in the radiator and also pressure test the system to see if losing pressure. If you keep loosing pressure then you may have a leaking intake manifold or head gasket....
Question
My Jaguar S type 2000 V8 is stopping suddenly while running due to overheat. What could exactly be the problem? And how much could
The most common cause of overheating is a low coolant level due to a leak. If you park your car on a paved space overnight, you might be able to see signs of leakage. Other causes could be a bad...
Question
Good morning Joseph. I have a 2009 Murano that needs a radiator replaced. The dealer wants to charge me $980. Are you available?
Yes, available. To request service and obtain the exact cost, please use YourMechanic's radiator replacement service page. Code P1217 can set due to other cooling system faults so I hope ALL other potential causes have been ruled out so that...
Question
Car is smoking, knocking and idling by itself.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is overheating, and the other symptoms are related to it. If it has overheated passed a certain point, there may have been major damage done to the engine. At this point, the...
Question
Darryl 1999 Chevy silverrado transmission fluid running hot,what should I do
If the transmission is overheating it is usually an indication that the transmission is being overloaded and needs addition of an external or the transmission is slipping. If you are not pulling a trailer or loading truck then you have...
Question
2001 mitsubishi galant 4cyl. running hot at idle only. prior have replaced water pump, radiator, temp. gauge, coolant overflow. St
Hello, thank you for writing in. Everything that has been done was valid in trying to trace down the issue. You likely did your vehicle a lot of good in updating those cooling system components. With that being said, one...
Question
Have 2001 pt cruiser, temp running high?
First you will need to verify that the thermostat is opening when engine warms up. Then make sure the cooling system is full and that the cooling fans are coming on to prevent overheating. I all of these checks are...
Question
My Nissan Frontier truck is overheating. The smog technician said it needs a new thermostat. Would you like to take a look, give m
Hello, thank you for writing in. If the overheating is only happening when you are at a stop, then you want to focus on the water pump and the cooling fans first. While the thermostat can cause overheating when it...

Need a mechanic?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 700 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

Get a quote

Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.


Ask a question