Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Can I drive my car with a broken coolant reservoir

asked by on

By coolant reservoir is cracked. Can I still drive my car?
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. You sure can drive your vehicle with a broken reservoir bottle. However, if the cooling system runs low and the bottle cannot provide the needed coolant to keep it at operating levels, then the engine could begin to show the signs. The signs of low coolant will be: engine overheating, air conditioner not working, loss of power, internal engine damage, external engine component damage, radiator damage, thermostat damage, etc... As you can see, one small problem can eventually snowball into many and/or much larger problems. I suggest having the bottle replaced and the coolant level inspected to avoid future concerns. Your Mechanic has several available technicians that can assist you with a reservoir bottle replacement and coolant level inspection.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Can I drive my car with a broken coolant reservoir

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: Trans replaced or other issue

Hi there. From the description you have provided, there is a combination of issues concerning the transmission and possibly the clutch again. The difficulty shifting and kicking out of 4th gear, would lead me to believe, the shift mechanism has...

Q: replaced heater core,,,now the car has no tail lights or brake lights,or dash lights,,took dashboard out again all plugs r hooked

Hello, thank you for writing in. The first thing to do is look at the wiring and try to find an error or any damage. The electronics for the systems you say are effected are mostly located right there under...

Q: Need to pass smog check

Hi there. Your smog check is measured as to how efficiently your vehicle is burning fuel and air. Smog is reliant on many different components. Your EGR valve, vacuum, and also your catalytic converter are factored potential factors. I would...

Related articles

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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...