Q: daughter's 09 mini cooper clubman went to a corner store to get oil changed. Talked her into a anti freeze flush and now runs hot

asked by on September 30, 2016

Question is above.

My car has 55 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

I would start by checking the coolant level to be sure it was refilled with the proper amount of coolant. Next check all radiator hoses to be sure none are leaking. Also, check to be sure the coolant fans are coming on as they should.

This can also be caused by a faulty thermostat that may be stuck closed not allowing the coolant to circulate through the motor.

If you end up needing assistance with this, I would recommend having a certified expert, like one from YourMechanic, come to your home to diagnose the overheating issue firsthand for an accurate repair.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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

Why won’t my battery hold a charge if it’s new?

The problem you are describing is what we call a parasitic draw on the battery, which is an excessive draw that prematurely kills the battery either over a certain amount of time or overnight. In order to test the system...

Coolant is leaking, but vehicle not overheating.

Hello, a coolant leak with no external leaks leads me to believe you might have an internal leak at the head gasket. The first thing to do would be to check the oil and see if it looks like chocolate...

Engine idle fluctuates

You may have a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and at idle. Since...

Related articles

How Long Does a Thermostat Last?
No No matter what kind of car or truck you drive, it has a thermostat in it. This thermostat is responsible for monitoring and regulating the coolant temperature in your vehicle's engine. If you were to look at the thermostat...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Oil Cooler
Common signs include oil or coolant leaking from the oil cooler, oil getting in the cooling system, and coolant getting in the oil.
How Does a Radiator Keep an Engine Cool?
Car radiators cool off your engine and prevent your engine from overheating. Coolant absorbs engine heat and dissipates it through the radiator.