Q: Car stalls after overheating.

asked by on January 13, 2016

My car overheats and stalls. It runs after it has a chance to cool off. I also think I am having a problem with my fuel pump.

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Hi there. Your engine can overheat for any number of reasons. If it is overheating only in stop and go driving and not on the highway then you may have a radiator issue or a cooling fan problem. If it overheats all of the time to the point that the engine stalls then it may be more serious such as a leaking head gasket. A certified mechanic would perform a block test for to make sure that there is not a head gasket issue. If the block test turns out fine then they would check the flow of the coolant and perform a pressure test of the cooling system. You should enlist the help of a certified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, that has the tool and the knowledge to diagnose this. As for the fuel pump, I would need more information to be able to help you with that. Typically if the fuel pump is failing you may have trouble starting the car or may have a loss of power. You should enlist the help of a certified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, that has the experience to do these tests.

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