Q: Car overheated

asked by on February 11, 2016

The car has overheated and may possibly have a radiator coolant leak. I have had to top it off twice in the last few months. Also, the air conditioner does not work well while the car is not moving and has caused the engine to die more than once.

If your radiator is leaking then that will cause your car to overheat. The coolant system is pressurized so if it can not hold pressure then the coolant will begin to boil in the engine causing it to overheat. It sounds like your air compressor may be beginning to fail if it makes the car stall. I would recommend having a technician come out and inspect the car and pressure test the radiator and replace it as needed. Also, the technician should to inspect the AC system and probably replace the compressor and charge it with refrigerant. If you need assistance, YourMechanic can send a mechanic to diagnose your overheating issue and perform these tasks for you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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

Ran over truck tire debris and now something is leaking.

You may have damaged the windshield washer reservoir. You may want to contact your insurance company if the damage is more than deductible. Body damage is more expensive than most people think. Even the replacement shield underneath may be close...

reasons it would start to be hard to steer?

There are a few different reasons that a power steering system will lose function. The most common causes are that the drive belt is slipping, the pump is going out, there is a leak in the system that is allowing...

How do I turn on the windshield wipers?

The windshield wipers are a key safety feature that give you visibility when it is raining. The windshield wipers are controlled by the windshield wiper lever, which protrudes from the right side of the steering wheel. To turn on the...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Just Retired
Here’s Here’s a cruel, hard fact – car manufacturers no longer target seniors. Instead, they devote their time and energy to appealing to the 18-45 demographic. Still, some features make certain cars more suitable for older drivers. We have...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing AC High Pressure Hose
Check for noticeable damages on the hose or any leaking issues. A failing AC high pressure hose may cause your entire AC system to fail.
How Long Does an AC Clutch Cycling Switch Last?
An An AC clutch cycling switch is the part of your car’s air conditioning system that engages and disengages with every cycle of your air conditioning compressor. Realistically, you probably don’t use your air conditioning every single day, unless you...