Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Heard a pop under hood while driving and my car suddenly started running hot.

asked by on

Was getting in my car, cut engine on to cool it before i take off. Suddenly i hear a loud pop, a minute later my car starts running extremely hot and a wierd smell comes into my car. Smells like something burning a little but I don't know. Please can anybody help me so I can buy the proper part for my 2008 Dodge Charger.

My car has 168000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The first thing I would do is to open the hood and do a visual inspection. Look for a broken drive belt, or something else broken like a pulley or presence of fluid leaks. The loud pop and overheating symptoms could also mean that you have a blown head gasket. I recommend having the vehicle inspected as soon as possible to determine the cause of the overheating issue and pinpoint the fixes that are needed to prevent further 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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Heard a pop under hood while driving and my car suddenly started running hot.

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 left front tire hits my frame when I turn the wheel left, like it turns too far. Why?

Claimed by Kevin Gainer

Q: Driving my minivan two days ago it felt like the transmission wasn't shifting right but on my way home I heard a weird noise 2001 Mazda MPV

Hi there - check your transmission fluid level first - make sure the fluid is relatively clear (vs cloudy) and closer to pink-red than black (dirty), as well as being at the correct level. Check also for problem codes, whether...

Q: Reading P2096/P2098/P0420...in the past these have came up but are not clearing this time.

The P2096 and P2098 codes are for both of the downstream oxygen sensors. The P0420 code is for the bank one catalytic converter efficiency. It would be best to have a certified mechanic take a look at the vehicle and...

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 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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.