Q: Car over heated shut down on me ... Now it leaks the coolant and cranks as it wants to but doesnt ?

asked by on March 01, 2017

My car over heated I drove it till the point I let it cool ... Than drove it again and it shut down on me now when I turn it on it is on blue not red but all my coolant drips out ... But I cranked it I heard the exhaust good when I stepped on it but it slowly power off ?
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi There, It sounds like your car is shutting down or going into a "safe mode" as a result of the motor overheating. The computer is designed to shut the car down like this in the event that it detects something serious is wrong such as overheating or low oil pressure. Overheating can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, a clogged radiator or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning on and off at specific temperature thresholds. When this switch is not working properly, this can cause the fans to come on intermittently, all the time or sometimes not at all. When this happens you will notice a temperature spike and drop occasionally as the fan comes on and off. When your thermostat is not working properly or is stuck closed, this will not allow the coolant to properly circulate through the engine, which may cause the engine temperature to fluctuate erratically or in some cases just remain hot. You may also have a water pump that is beginning to fail. Water pumps often times will begin to produce a bit of a whining sound when they are starting to fail. A common problem also associated with this is the water pump may begin to leak around the water pump shaft due to the seal being damaged. In addition to leaking around the pump, you may have a leak elsewhere in the cooling system coming from one of the hoses going to or from the radiator. Lastly, you may have a failing cylinder head gasket allowing coolant to leak from the water passages into the cylinders resulting in the coolant being burnt in the combustion chamber with the fuel. If this is the case, you may also notice a bit of white smoke coming from your exhaust which is a product of the coolant being turned into a steam like vapor. I would suggest having an expert from Your Mechanic come to your home to diagnose your cooling system.

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