Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Over Heating Frequently

asked by on

The car tends to overheat frequently and I also would like any additional information I could receive on how to keep up with the car I recently purchased?

My car has 120000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Overheating is bad for the engine and if the temperature gets high enough, you’ll ruin the engine (the high heat warps the head, block and manifolds causing leaks). Causes of overheating: low coolant level (due to internal or external leaks); hot exhaust gases leaking into the cooling system due to head gasket leak, bad thermostat, failing water pump, belt not driving water pump properly, wrong ignition timing, partially plugged cooling system, often the radiator passages, low engine oil level, dragging brakes. You should not drive a car once you know it is overheating because you will damage the engine. Have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, diagnose your overheating issue for an accurate repair before any damage is done. 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

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: Howling sound from front driver side

Hello, It sounds like you may have a failing wheel bearing on the driver side of the vehicle. It is not uncommon for one side to fail prior to the other side. A wheel bearing will usually fail due to...

Q: Trouble shifting into first gear

Hello. It is not normal for your clutch to have problems after being replaced a year ago. The cause of this is most likely due to a failure of the slave cylinder. There are other less common causes for the...

Q: Keep trying or get another

Buying a JDM car, whole - is not something easily done, since cars built for other markets don't necessarily meet U.S. crash and emissions standards. Unless it is a model sold here, it will require Federal DOT certification. You can...

Related articles

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...