Q: My temperature warning light is on, I've been parked for almost an hour to let the engine cool down. The temperature gauge cursor

asked by on April 26, 2017

I also noticed my heater doesn't work correctly - the heat comes out as cold air. I drove a little bit before this all happened and then suddenly, there was smoking coming up from my vehicle from the back and under the hood.

My car has 213766 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The reason your heater was not working was because your engine did not have enough coolant in the engine to pump it into the heater system. You have overheated the motor now. You will need to find out when the leak is. The system may have blown a hose or water pump or even a radiator core. Have a mechanic fill and pressure test the cooling system to find and fix the leak and see if any internal damage to engine was done.

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

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

Mechanic changed cambelt and water pump and whilst returning it, it supposedly jumped off. Engine stopped dead. No more engine

Hello. I hate to say this but it is his fault. It sounds like he is not being truthful about what happened because if that was the case it would have come off well before he worked on it. It...

Low coolant light is on

Hello, the Dex-cool GM requires for using in your vehicle is known to thicken and clog up the cooling system. Also, The noise you describe is a common sign of a leaking exhaust system and should be inspected. I suggest...

Hello, I have 2007 Toyota Prius 135000, I have had it since 67000, do I need to replace water pump? Serpentine belt? maintenance?

Claimed by Robert Tomashek

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Live in a Cold Climate
If If you live in a cold climate, likely one of your biggest concerns when you are considering which used vehicle you should buy is how well it will perform in snowy, icy conditions. We have evaluated a number...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Love Camping
Do Do you love camping, getting back to nature and enjoying life in the great outdoors? If you do, then you know that getting there can be half the fun, and it’s even better if you have a great ride....
Industry News for Automotive Techs: October 15-21
This week: home-brewed autonomous car, sneak peek at future Jeeps, scheming car hackers, Ram's off-road TRX concept, new turbo test kit from Lisle.