Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car overheats

asked by on

While snowing the other day i slid off the road into a ditch. While trying to get out something blew out under the hood and a huge cloud if white smoke came out. I got it towed home and it still runs and drives but overheats very quickly. I cant see any coolant leaking and there is still some in the resovoir. Car will quickly overheat within 10 minutes and my heat is blowing out cold air. Dont have money to get it towed to a shop and would rather fix it myself. Any suggestions on what happened.

My car has 211000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

You blew something out for the coolant system. Depending on the type system you have you may still see coolant in the overflow bottle. One engine cools open radiator to see if the radiator is out of coolant. If it is then try to fill engine with water first to try and find a leak. If cannot find issue then have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic come to you and check the damages for you. Do not drive it when overheating or engine damage will happen.

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: Air conditioner not getting cold.

The air conditioning system can be quite complex as there are many parts working together. The most common problems are leaks. If not repaired correctly, the system will degrade from the inside. Air or moisture in the system will damage...

Q: Overheating

You may have a stuck thermostat if it is overheating. If the system was low on coolant from a leak then the water pump or head leaks are common. If system runs normal after cooled and topped off with coolant...

Q: Heat issues

The first thing to check why it runs hotter at idle is to see if the coolant is full and there are no leaks. You may need to have a cooling system pressure test if system is low on coolant...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
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.