Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car recently started overheating gauge reading 260+

asked by on

With temperatures over 90 the other day, and the A/C on and driving up hills, my car overheated. I'm wondering what could be the cause. I drove it about 40 minutes to work this morning and it didn't overheat but the temperature gauge indicated a higher temperature than normal. I'm guessing radiator maybe?

My car has 182000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: You can check a couple of things. I believe...

You can check a couple of things. I believe it is the fan that went out but, if your fan is working, I would check the hoses while the car is at operating temperature and to see if the hoses are tight. If for some reason they are, then your thermostat is bad. If they are not and you car is still overheating it is likely due to your water pump. If you would like to have this scoped out in person, a qualified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car's location to diagnose the overheating problem and assist with repairs.

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

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My temperature gauge keeps making it look like my car is overheating the temperature gauge moves up to the red. I already changed the thermometer

Hey there. Your cooling system consists of several components. Thermostat, radiator, heater core, and water pump are just a few. Since the thermostat has been replaced, it is more than likely not the cause of the engine running hot. If...

Q: My water pump has a slight leak and the temperature gauge fluctuates

Hello, if your coolant system is leaking, air can get into the system and create this issue. Low coolant level, poor air flow across the radiator can do this also. The best thing to do is inspect the system for...

Q: Key not starting car

Hi, it sounds like your battery is too low on charge to get the engine started. The battery would still be able to power lights and other small things, but turning the engine over takes a lot of power. If...

Related articles

How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
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.