Q: Car overheated and smoke came out

asked by on

My car overheated and smoke came from under hood.

Overheating can be caused by a number of things that result in smoke or steam coming from the engine bay.

Assuming your engine didn’t catch on fire, what you are seeing may be steam; hot fluid escaping and boiling off into the air. Your vehicle’s cooling system is under pressure, so weak hoses containing water or coolant at a very high temperature can rupture in the engine bay - especially at the radiator or bypass - causing steam.

My suggestion is to have a mechanic, like the ones at YourMechanic, come out to check the cooling system components for failures and determine the cause.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car overheated and smoke came out

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: it's overheating and making a noise what could this be? 2005 Nissan Altima

Severe overheating will damage the engine so be sure to resolve this issue if it is still overheating. Assuming the temperature gauge is not malfunctioning (not common) overheating is typically due to low coolant level (the reason it is low...

Q: How do I use the sunvisor?

The sun visor is a safety feature that can help keep sunlight and glare out of your eyes. There is a sunvisor above both the driver’s and the front passenger’s seat. To use the sunvisor, simply unfold it towards the...

Q: Battery in car dead

I would ask for help from one of the mechanics at YourMechanic to come to you and test your battery to see if it is bad. They can check your electrical system to make sure there are not any faults...

Related articles

What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.