Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: AUDI A3 1.6L - Engine overheating and temperature needle starts above minimum

asked by on

Some weeks ago my cooling system started having some problems. My engine temperature on the cluster shows from 60'C - 120'C. The car started getting stuck on 105'C and both fans hit in. Then thought the thermostat housing with the temperature sensor was bad and replaced it. After i replaced it my temperature needle automatic goes up to 78'C when i turn on the ignition and both my fans will start. The temperature will slowly rise up to 105'C again and gets stuck there. What can the main problem be?

My car has 113000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hi, thanks for writing in. It is possible that you could have a faulty water pump. The water pump is designed to circulate the coolant through the engine. The water pump has an impeller inside of it and it physically moves the fluid. If this impeller is broken off, it will not make any noise and will not pump any fluid. I would recommend having a qualified professional take a look at your water pump to inspect for damages. This will most likely include removing the water pump from the engine. If the impeller has fallen off of the water pump, replacement of the water pump will resolve this overheating issue that you are having.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. AUDI A3 1.6L - Engine overheating and temperature needle starts above minimum

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Replacing dim headlight bulbs on a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo

GE makes a whole range and you might check out their options at any good auto-parts store. I know they sell a bunch of different ones. Of course, the brighter they are, the faster they are going to burn out....

Q: Misfire under acceleration

First I would revisit the plugs and coils. there is always the possibility that something didn't hook up properly. Pay close attention to the ground wires. They are the brown wires that emerge from the harness at seeming random places...

Q: What are the odds of all injectors(or however many it takes for truck not to start) get clogged up. Truck was running fine and now it won't start.

Hi there. Check the fuel injectors for power to the harness on each injector. Make sure that there is a voltage reference. If there is no voltage reference, then there may be an issue with the main harness from the...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...