Q: My car had no water or oil and it started overheating. What's wrong?

asked by on

My car is overheating what's wrong

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

As you may know, your car requires oil and coolant for two different reasons as they serve two distinct purposes. The oil lubricates internal engine parts and plays a part in reducing heat due to friction with metal on metal parts (i.e. pistons, cylinders, camshafts, bearings, etc). When these do not have the proper oil lubrication, they will generate enough heat to cause them at some point to essentially melt causing catastrophic engine failure. Your car’s engine requires coolant which helps to reduce engine heat during operation. Coolant is circulated throughout the motor by use of the water pump.

This is a belt driven pump that forces water/coolant through the engine and then back through the radiator which cools the coolant. This is controlled by a thermostat that opens and closes at specific temperatures allowing the engine to be kept at a normal operating temperature by circulating coolant through the engine. When the car is low on oil or coolant, this can cause catastrophic engine failure if not handled quickly. I would recommend having an expert, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to determine why the car is overheating and suggest any needed repairs.

Was this answer helpful?
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. My car had no water or oil and it started overheating. What's wrong?

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: A/C not blowing through dash vents

The most common cause in this case is the mode selection actuator. I am going to assume the AC does blow from the other vents, as this is the normal indicator for the failing mode selection actuator. The HVAC...

Q: If your crank shaft oxygen sensor is out what does your car do?

The oxygen sensor is mounted in the exhaust system piping. The sensor is easily tested. If the sensor is defective, gas mileage will be somewhat reduced and the engine will not perform well. Oil in and around the spark plugs...

Q: Whining noise getting worse over time when I accelerate but no low fluid

Disconnect all accessories, that is remove the drive belts. If the noise disappears, obviously one of those driven components is the source. If the noise remains, it could be due to a vacuum leak, wheel bearing issue or a problem...

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...
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...
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.