Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Engine overheating - 1994 Mercury Capri

asked by on

I have troubles with the engine that's been overheating. I installed a new water pump recently. When I start the car and the engine is cool, everything is fine. The issue seems to occur in the stop-and-go traffic. Also, if I drive for a while then park the car and continue driving shortly after, the engine warms up and I experience problems. At that point I have to run the heater in its full power. Do you have any idea what I might do to prevent the engine from overheating?

A: Hello. I usually start by checking to see i...

Hello. I usually start by checking to see if the thermostat is opening as it should and see if the engine cooling fan is functioning. If the fan is not turning on, then that needs to be repaired. If the fans is coming on and if the thermostat is opening, then it may have a blown head gasket. A block test would need to be done to verify if this is the problem. If you are looking to have this repaired, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose the overheating problem and help move forward with a repair.

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

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: Will it cost me to ask you a question? 1991 VW Jetta

Hi there. Our website provides basic automotive information and possible causes and sources of mechanical problems on cars, trucks and SUV's sold in the United States. The best way for you to get the correct size of power steering belt...

Q: During spirited driving, power cuts out on hard left turns

Hello. The symptoms you are experiencing can commonly be caused by a weak fuel pump, or a fuel pump strainer. If the fuel pump is the original it may have weakened over time, and has become unable to provide the...

Q: Charging system issue - 1991 Mercury Capri

Hello. It sounds like you have a bad connection. If the alternator is fine, then the negative battery connections should be checked. It is common for negative ground connections to become loose or corroded which will cause this. If those...

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...
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 P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...