Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I have a 01 Aurora that hasn't had heat for a year but it always ran at perfect temp until now, although it's not red lining.

asked by on

Bought the car year n half ago had heat first cpl days then went out, but car ran at perfect temp until now although it's not red lining but is running well hotter than should be. So my question is do you think it's thermostat issues?

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

A: There could be an issue with the thermostat...

There could be an issue with the thermostat in the car and that is the first place you will need to check when trying to repair this problem. Also, check for signs of a failing or worn water pump that could possibly cause this issue. Sometimes, dirty antifreeze can cause clogs in the coolant system, causing no heat and overheating conditions.

I suggest that you start by getting the thermostat changed and flushing the antifreeze. If you need assistance, get a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to replace the thermostat and flush the cooling system for you.

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: My air vents sometimes stop working.

Hi there. Anytime something is not functioning all the time and is randomly shutting off, then there is an issue with the relay of that circuit. Check the relay to the fan motor circuit and see if there is power...

Q: Heater blows cold air

Hello. If the A/C won’t blow cold air, this is usually due to: Lack of refrigerant in the A/C system A/C compressor has stopped working Blockage in the A/C system It will first be necessary to...

Q: Red battery light on temp gauge red white smoke or steam from under hood

Hi there. It sounds like the drive belt broke and now the vehicle has overheated. It definitely needs to be inspected to determine the extent of the damage. I suggest having a qualified technician perform an inspection to avoid replacing...

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...