Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: it's overheating and making a noise what could this be? 2005 Nissan Altima

asked by on

The car started to over heat and make a noise like it was running higher and acts like it doesn't want to change gear but it eventually does.

Severe overheating will damage the engine so be sure to resolve this issue if it is still overheating. Assuming the temperature gauge is not malfunctioning (not common) overheating is typically due to low coolant level (the reason it is low though has to be looked into because it could be a leak), a faulty engine thermostat, or a faulty water pump which could include a slipping belt.

There are non-cooling system related causes, such as incorrect engine timing, but that is not very common. In your case, you also mention the transmission being stuck in gear. It is possible if the car is stuck in a low gear (that is you have a transmission problem) and the added load on the engine could cause it to run hotter.

At any rate, when the car is completely COLD, check both the radiator coolant level AND the level in the plastic coolant reserve tank. If low, add the correct coolant and try driving the car. You will have to monitor the coolant level (look at the level in the reserve tank. No need to re-open radiator cap) in the coming weeks to see if it remains stable. If the level drops, you have a leak. If it still overheating with correct coolant level, you need to consider the thermostat and water pump as causes. For help with this, have a certified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, diagnose the overheating issue to pinpoint the problem.

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!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • it's overheating and making a noise what could this be? 2005 Nissan Altima

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: After starting, the transmission will not go into gear

Hi there. Did you replace the pilot bearing when replacing the clutch assembly? A frozen or seized pilot bearing will behave as you describe. Since you mention having to revert to stock clutch components, it is necessary to confirm proper...

Q: Subaru Forrester 2005 what would be draining the battery

You will need to have the computer scanned for codes first to see if you have stored codes to something that may be causing the problems first. Then you should have the battery checked to see if it is holding...

Q: Can i put a 3.5 v6 Nissan Altima sedan engine & transmission in a 2.5s nissan altima sedan

Hi there. This can be done but the cost of it would be ridiculous.You would need all of the computer and the wiring harness from the donor vehicle to make it work in your vehicle. It wouldn't be cost effective....

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 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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...