Q: Car overheating and problem with staying running

asked by on

Changed waterpump, thermostat, radiator, transmission oil cooler lines, radiator hoses, temp sensor, thermostat housing car still runs tho 210 220 n i cut it off it dont really want tho biked bubbles. now my car cranks runs for few sec and cuts right back off. Could a battery cause this. I replaced free months ago crank sensor, power steering pump, front oil seal, oil pressure, spark plugs n wires, o2 sensor, cleanned egr, throttle body, n all sensors.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A battery can’t cause this. An overheating engine is due to a problem with the cooling system and the cooling system alone.

If it is overheating and won’t run, this is unfortunately a bad sign. Replacing the water pump and thermostat is a really good thing to do in this situation. It may not have been necessary, but it is definitely the most effective way to rule out thermostat and water pump issues.

Based on your description, there are two possible causes;

  • Blown head gasket (Most likely cause)
  • Intake manifold leak into the cylinders

If it is running this bad with a blown head gasket, you should see a lot of white smoke or steam coming out the exhaust. This maybe the case with either failure actually. There are a couple things I would need to know to accurately diagnose this issue.

  • Does the cooling system hold pressure?
  • Is there white steam coming from the exhaust?
  • Did the overheating precede the car not running?
  • Where are you getting the temperature reading from?

I recommend booking one of our technicians to pinpoint down the overheating problem.

Good luck.

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 overheating and problem with staying running

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: My ABS and brake light are on, but brakes are working.

Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS and traction control system which are controlled by the car's ECU. When the ECU...

Q: I was driving today an my car completely stopped in the middle of traffic my steering wheel locks up an battery dead

Hi Rebecca. Thanks for reaching out to us tonight. When a vehicle stalls and loses electrical power like you've described, it can be very tricky to diagnose, since there are so many possible sources. In many cases, this can be...

Q: Q: Brake light issue

The rear brake light on the right uses the same power as the one on the left. If you are getting brake lights on the left side but not on the right, then you will need to test the right...

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...
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...
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...