Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car overheating and leaking oil

asked by on

My car has been sitting for over a year. The car overheats and leaks oil.

A: Hello, the first thing to do is check the o...

Hello, the first thing to do is check the oil level and get that correct and then diagnose the overheating concern. It will probably need to be jump started to get it going. The cause of the overheating must be diagnosed which could be mechanical or electrical. Examples of a mechanical failure would be a blown head gasket, or a cooling system leak. Examples of an electrical failure would be the cooling fan, sensor, or the wiring. You may need the aid of a mechanic who can perform testing to see what the cause of the overheating failure might be.

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!

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: Engine cranks but wont run. Power not reaching fuel pump

This sounds like you may not have any power going to the fuel pump relay. The relay wires should have ground on two wires, power on one wire and switched power on another wire. To activate the fuel pump your...

Q: Hesitates as engine warms up.

Hello there, many different faults can cause a hesitation like this after the vehicle has heated up. The most common are the fuel pump, fuel filter, spark plugs, plug wires or the cap and rotor. This would best be looked...

Q: In a 3y engine is it possible to loose coolant through the intake manifold

Hello. If the intake manifold is loose, this can cause a wide variety of problems including a coolant leak into the intake. This can also cause severe overheating problems and possibly fatal engine problems. I recommend having a qualified professional...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...