Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car won't stay started without gas pedal down

asked by on

I had a water leak and had to constantly fill it up with water. One day, it cut out. I had the leak fixed, but now it won't stay started unless I hold the gas pedal down, and turn the fan on to cool down the motor.

A: It sounds as though severe engine damage ma...

It sounds as though severe engine damage may have occurred, due to overheating. If a vehicle is allowed to overheat even once, extensive damage, such as a cracked cylinder head or blown head gasket, may result. However, before we assume the worst, I suggest you have a professional inspect your vehicle firsthand. The team at YourMechanic is an excellent option, since we make house calls.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: What can I buy to check for leaks in the hoses

Hello, thank you for writing in. The quickest and easiest way to locate a leak in the system is to use a dye. It is added to the refrigerant and cycled through for a few minutes running the AC on...

Q: replaced brake shoes in the back (they are drums,) but now they dont work...

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2001 Ford Escape. You may have put in a spring incorrectly or did not adjust them tight enough before putting on the drum. If you think there is a missing spring then...

Q: Connections rusted and now make noise

Hi! The rusting exhaust hangers you are describing are a common issue that many vehicle owners face. In most cases, the hangers can be re-welded to the existing exhaust. But in some cases parts of the exhaust system will have...

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...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...