Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car runs hot over short distances

asked by on

My car runs hot when driving short distances. I was told I need a heat temperature sensor replaced.

A: There are a couple possibilities. It could ...

There are a couple possibilities. It could be an instrumentation issue, but that is not that common. The most common issue for your car is head gasket failure. That can cause the problem your having by pumping hot combustion gases into the cooling system. A qualified mechanic from YourMechanic can come and diagnose your vehicle's overheating issue to have this problem solved.

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: Hold button flashing, no a/c,and temp gauge not functioning

Hello. This can be caused by a few different things. Most of the time it is caused by low refrigerant in the system, but I have seen a lot of these switches fail as well as the pressure switches in...

Q: A wrench-shaped warning light showed up on my car

You may want to have faults read out of the powertrain control module. The wrench light generally means a transmission fault. If it does not come back it may not be a cause for alarm. However, if it lights up...

Q: There is an antifreeze leak on the passenger side that occurs when the vehicle is on for a long period of time

I would introduce UV leak detection dye into the system, pressurize the system while cold, and leave the system under pressure overnight (the pressure will slowly bleed off somewhat but such will not affect the test). If there is any...

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...
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...
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...