Q: Coolant reservoir empty

asked by on

My car overheated. Where I put the coolant seemed like it was empty. Not sure if I need coolant, or if it is something else.

If your car is overheating and you know that your coolant level is low, this is certainly the cause. I would first recommend to top off your cooling system with the correct amount and type of fluid. Then, start the vehicle and search for any obvious leaks. If a leak is not obvious, enlist the help of a certified mechanic to perform a cooling system pressure test to address the overheating issue on your vehicle. If a leak has been located, I would recommend having the leak repaired as soon as possible to prevent further engine damage due to overheating.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Coolant reservoir empty

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: My windshield is scratched.

Hello. Scratches on glass can sometimes be hard to buff out, due to the hardness of glass. I would try using a polishing compound with medium to high abrasiveness to try and polish out the scratches. If the scratches are...

Q: My compressor keeps burning out but it rebuilt

Hi there. Mechanical components that frequently continue to be damaged the same way is caused by another supporting component that is faulty as well. In the case of an AC Compressor, it's likely due to either too much or not...

Q: Toyota Camry 2001 Overheats after a while in freeway

Hello, thank you for writing in. There is a strong chance that the issue with the coolant bubbling over was caused by a pressure issue in the cooling system. When you put the head gasket leak repair into the coolant,...

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 Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...