Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I can hear the fan of the car turning on often, could that indicate serious engine problems?

asked by on

I'm in the process of buying a used car, while test driving it, I hear the fan of the engine go off. I check to see if the car temperatures were high no sign of the engine overheating what could it mean?

My car has 90000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi, thanks for writing in. Newer vehicles, ...

Hi, thanks for writing in. Newer vehicles, such as the Cruze, run hotter for greater fuel efficiency. It also means the engine is running closer to "maximum" temperature more of the time, which included running the auxiliary electric fan more of the time. As long as the temperature stays in the middle of the gauge under any circumstance during your test drive(s), you should be OK. I would recommend a pre-purchase car inspection from to ensure your confidence that your prospective purchase is a solid vehicle, confirm there are no problems, get an accurate assessment of any damage and cost estimate for repairs. Hope this helps and best of luck!

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

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!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I have a 2011 Ford Fusion that has a tap/knock while idling. Normal for this motor?

Hi there. Typically this is normal for this engine. The design of the valve train causes this engine to make more noise than a lot of engines, but it does not create any issues. The fuel injectors tend to also...

Q: How do I turn on the front fog lamps?

The front fog lamps are controlled with the exterior lamp control, which is located on the instrument panel, to the left of the steering column. To turn on the front fog lamps, press the exterior lamp control knob. To turn...

Q: How do I add washer fluid to a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze?

Washer fluid helps keep your windshield clean, and your visibility high. Adding more washer fluid is very easy: Open the hood of your vehicle. Release the washer cap. Add washer fluid to the washer fluid basin.

Related articles

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...
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...
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.