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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.
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...
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...
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.
3 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Temperature Gauge
A car temperature gauge shows how hot the engine is. If the temperature gauge reads high, your car could be leaking coolant or have a bad water pump.
How Does a Radiator Keep an Engine Cool?
Car radiators cool off your engine and prevent your engine from overheating. Coolant absorbs engine heat and dissipates it through the radiator.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 Cooling Fan Relay
Common signs include the engine running hot and cooling fans either not functioning or running all the time.
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 Coolant Reservoir
Common signs include needing to constantly add coolant, finding coolant leaks, and the engine overheating.

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My engine is overheating.
Hi there. Check the condition of the coolant and see if its full and new. I recommend putting a new radiator cap on and putting in a new thermostat. Once a thermostat is introduced to the atmosphere after being submerged...
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1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Overheating
You need to check to make sure the cooling fan is coming on. If it is not then further diagnosis will need to be done by scanning the computer to see if fan control is turning on to see if...
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My BMW was idling and it jus overheated and died.... My radiator was bone dry what should I do
This could be serious. Driving a car while it is overheating can do a lot of damage to the engine. The cylinder walls need to be bathed in coolant at all times or the surfaces become so hot that the...
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Won't start
A number of faults can occur when an engine overheats. If the engine was overheated severely, it is possible that the engine has internal damage and has seized. Also, engine electronics are very sensitive to heat and liquids. If coolant...
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Why is my car running hot?
Hi there. Your vehicle running hot only when driving could be the thermostat only partially opening. It may be the result of air trapped in the cooling system when the radiator was replaced. The cooling system may need to be...
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Why is my car running hot?
Hi there, thank you for asking about your 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan. In most cases, the symptoms you're describing are related to a problem with your radiator thermostat. The thermostat is supposed to open the radiator to flow coolant into...
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Why is my car overheating?
Hi there, thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to help. The cooling fan in your car is electric. It is triggered by a relay and temperature sensor. If equipped with air conditioning, turn it on and see if the...
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Why does my car overheat at idle
Your car is only three years old and so should not need transmission fluid. If the level was low, you should check to be sure there is not a leak. It's very easy to overfill the transmission so it would...
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White smoke coming from tailpipe
The white smoke is a sign that coolant or water is leaking into the cylinders. The radiator and overflow container are examined and checked for the right amount of fluids. The engine oil is checked next to make sure it...
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What do you think could be wrong?
Hello. If the vehicle overheated to the point where steam started to escape, you are better off replacing the engine altogether. Once the cooling system is filled with water, it can be pressure tested to see if there are still...
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What could be wrong with car
It sounds like the engine has overheated severely. The leaking fluid was most likely coolant from a broken hose or water pump for the cooling system. The cooling system and engine will need to be tested now that the engine...
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Water pump
Hello, thank you for writing in. You are correct in assuming the water pump may be to blame. You may also want to make sure the fans are turning on, and that your radiator and overflow tank both have the...
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Water in the oil
I wouldn’t condemn the head gaskets just yet. Intake manifold gaskets are a common failure item on your Chevy's engine. When they fail, they can leak externally, or internally, or both. When they leak internally, coolant gets into the oil....
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Vehicle overheating.
Hi there. This is a common problem. It is likely that a cooling system thermostat got stuck closed causing low flow through the cooling system and requires that it get replaced. It is also possible that there is a radiator...
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Truck overheating
Check to see if the cooling fan clutch is fully engaging when the engine is heating up. You can test this by putting a tissue in front of the radiator or condenser to see if the fan flow is strong...
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Truck overheating
If your coolant is low, you may have a leak that needs repaired. If your coolant level is normal, the problem may be with your thermostat (this part regulates engine temp), the cooling fan, or radiator. You need to have...
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Transmission overheating
Hi. The transmission temperature message pops up on your control panel when the powertrain control module (PCM) has detected excessive transmission fluid temperature. This is a warning to the driver as extreme temperatures can damage the transmission. Transmission temperatures can...
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Thermostat not working
Hello. If a thermostat is completely stuck closed, then it does need to be replaced without driving the vehicle. If it is not opening then it will be very easy to overheat the engine. If you need to have this...
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Thermostat
The cooling system would need to be completely checked out to see if the cooling fan circuit is working correct. If the fans are not coming on it would allow the engine to overheat. The thermostat would cause the engine...
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The car runs hot
I would suggest checking to make sure the coolant temp sensor is working correctly. This tells the coolant fans when to come on. I would also check to see if there is any white smoke coming from under the hood....

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