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Q: Overheating and struggling to start

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My car keeps overheating and is struggling to start.

Hello. If your engine is overheating and you are having trouble starting it then you more than likely have a failing head gasket. When it fails the engine will overheat and it will also allow coolant to enter the combustion chamber when the car is turned off. When this happens it makes it hard for the starter to crank the engine. I typically start with a block test to see if the head gasket is failing. If can also occur if the water pump is seizing, but that is not as common. If you need to have the vehicle looked at, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your car’s overheating problem and starting issue.

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