Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car running hot

asked by on

My 2007 Chevy Malibu is running hot.

A: I don’t know which engine you have, so I’ll...

I don’t know which engine you have, so I’ll keep this in general terms. Any number of problems can cause your engine to run hot, or overheat. First check the coolant level when the engine is cold. If it is low, you probably have a leak. The thermostat, water pump, cooling fans, and radiator will all need to be inspected. Other less common problems include a leaking head gaskets or a slipping automatic transmission. I would suggest having a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, diagnose why your car is overheating and suggest possible fixes.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: What should I do if my engine overheats?

The coolant in the radiator should keep your engine within the ideal operating temperature range. However, if the coolant is low, you have a leak in the system, or there are adverse conditions, it may be possible for the engine...

Q: Air only working in rear

The AC air blend doors on these vehicles, and on most GM vehicles, now have electronic blend door control solenoids that seem to go bad pretty often; this sounds like the problem you are having. I recommend that you have...

Q: Car won't start

I am only taking a guess, but you replaced the starter since the engine sounds like it is not cranking over. Have someone look at the engine belts when you try and crank it. By doing this you can see...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
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...