Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Engine overheating and heat not working. Might need gasket.

asked by on

The engine was overheating and the heat was not coming on. I took it to the shop and they changed the timing belt, water tank, radiator, and thermostat. It is still overheating and the heater is blowing cool air. The shop said I might need a new gasket. I cannot drive far before the engine overheats and I have to stop.

When the engine is overheating and the heater does not blow hot the most likely cause is a low coolant level. If all those parts were replaced on your vehicle perhaps important parts were skipped over during the inspection. You may have a coolant leak somewhere such as the water pump, heater hoses, intake manifold, or head gasket. My first recommendation would be to ensure that your coolant level is correct. Make sure not to do this when the engine is hot. This information can be found in your owners manual. If the coolant is low correct this condition and check for any obvious leaks. If there is a leak but it is not obvious to you, have a professional run a cooling system pressure test to find the leak. Once the leak is found have the repair done quickly in order to prevent future engine damage.

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: Turbo VS. Non-Turbo Valve Cover Gasket

Hi there. Looks like the gaskets are the same for the turbo and non turbo engines. I recommend asking the local parts store for to see a valve cover gasket for the non turbo engine and a gasket for a...

Q: When I turn the AC on, it makes like a rattling noise under the hood. As I keep the AC on, the sound gets louder.

Your car's air conditioning system is driven by an air conditioning compressor that has a small clutch on compressor pulley. When this becomes worn out or not properly lubricated enough, this can cause it to fail which can make a...

Q: cross member repair ect.

Hello. It is important to have this repaired as soon as possible. Though it does not affect much in your day to day driving, it does affect the structural integrity of the vehicle should you get into a car accident....

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.