Q: Car overheats and makes noise while idling

asked by on

My car is overheating and making a noise in the engine while it is idling. It just started overheating, and the temperature is hitting red.

Hi. If you are getting an engine noise associated with an engine overheating problem, then most of the time it is caused by a failing water pump. When the pump fails, it will start to make noise and even leak. A mechanic would typically access the water pump and check it to see if it is hard to move and to see if the coolant is flowing. Hopefully the engine has not gotten hot enough to cause any problems. I would get some assistance from a certified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, to inspect the noise coming form the engine.

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 overheats and makes noise while idling

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: Can't find where my fuel pump relay is on car

Hi there. This video is actually pretty good to show you how to self diagnose this type of problem that is common with TDI's. I would recommend watching this video first, and if this doesn't resolve your problem - I...

Q: Bent front axle/tire

Hey there. You might be able to drive the car indefinitely at low speeds, say 35 MPH or below. However, if you are truly seeing that the tire/wheel assembly is out of position, the tire will be quickly destroyed, regardless...

Q: Steering Issues - 2001 Ford Mustang

Hello, thanks for writing in. The symptoms described are commonly caused by issues with the power steering system. It may be possible that the power steering fluid has run low, or an issue has occurred with the power steering pump....

Related articles

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.