Q: Car overheats occasionally and will not start

asked by on

This car had about 250k miles on it. Engine was replaced last summer with an engine that had about 50k by Honda because it overheated and cause alt issues. about 2 weeks ago when I would drive somewhere and once I stopped, I would notice a bubbling, fizzing sound coming from under the hood.It just underwent inspection and all fluids were checked. Opening the hood, couldn't tell what it was making the sound. This did not happen every time and I assumed it was bc I'm in Texas, it's hot, and it's just overheating for some reason. before I could bring it in, I drove it maybe 2 miles 3 stops. was at 3rd stop for maybe 20-30 minutes and car would not start. Turned over but didn't start up completely. So I left it For 3 days. we decided to try starting it again to drive it to a mechanic and it started. No probs, no check engine.Mechanic suggested issue with valve cover gasket leaked onto starter but was really unsure.Did nothing bc we don't know what prob is

My car has 60000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Based on the information you gave about your 2003 Honda Civic, it sounds like you have a cooling system issue. It could be your cooling fans, radiator cap, water pump, thermostat, or even a plugged radiator. Since this is an intermittent issue, this will make it harder to diagnose since the symptoms may not appear while it is being checked. I would recommend having the overheating issue and starting problems inspected when you predict that the symptoms will show up again, or having the systems checked as close as possible to when you experience these troubles. If you would like to have this looked at, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose these problems and advise you on the appropriate repairs.

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 occasionally and will not start

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: Car overheating and there is no cabin heat while at idle.

Hi there. Check the radiator to the vehicle. It seems that the cooling system is working, but the radiator is restricting the coolant flow. This is why when you step on the gas pedal the coolant temperature drops. I recommend...

Q: My car is leaking coolant. Would I need to change the water pump?

Coolant can be leaking from any number of places. The water pump, radiator, radiator and heater hoses, etc. It would be best to verify where the coolant is leaking from before replacing parts. If you don't have access to a...

Q: Fuel cap indicator not working

Hi. I assume your Check Engine Light is on and you have an evaporative emissions (EVAP) code stored. Your cap may not be sealing well, even if it is on and tight. I would start by replacing the cap first...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...
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...