Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car spewing steam and stalling.

asked by on

My car is making a hissing sound, the coolant hose spews steam, and the car dies when you accelerate.

The first thing you will want to address is the leaking coolant hose. Once the hose is replaced, the system should be pressure tested in order to make sure there are no additional leaks. A hissing sound with car dying on acceleration sounds like you may have a huge vacuum leak. The rubber intake boots and vacuum lines should be checked to ensure no cracks or disconnections. You may need to have the intake system smoke checked for system integrity. Enlist the help of a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, who will have the training and equipment to correct both the cooling system issue and intake leak issue.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car spewing steam and stalling.

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: How do I turn on the fog lights?

The fog lights can give you enhanced visibility during foggy weather conditions. To turn them on, first locate the turn signal lever, which protrudes from the left side of the steering column. The fog light switch is located on the...

Q: Intermittent overheating

Hey there. This may suggest that the coolant fan relay switch may not be working properly. When you car is moving down the freeway at higher speeds, the engine gets a lot of cooling assistance just simply from the air...

Q: Car does not start

Hi There, This may be related to many different possibilities, some of which may be related to a lack of spark or possibly timing issues and some of which may be related to a fuel delivery problem or a combination...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
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.