Q: Overheating indicator on

asked by on February 23, 2016

The indicator says my car is overheating.

Coolant is leaking Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote
Car is overheating Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

Overheating can be caused by many things. Low coolant is the most common one. I would start by making sure the coolant level is appropriate. A bad thermostat, air pocket, or a fan that is not coming on when needed can also cause the vehicle to overheat. A mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, can perform a pressure test to determine if there are any leaks in the system and diagnose your overheating issue. They can also test the fan if it is coming on at the correct temperature and the thermostat is opening properly. I advise you not to drive the vehicle until the overheating is corrected. Overheating an engine can cause secondary internal engine damage.

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

What others are asking

I have clicking in my steering column and it was hard to turn.

The ESP light could be coming on for the motor that helps the steering on the steering column shaft. The clicking noise that you are hearing could be the clock spring going bad in your steering column. The springs are...

loud buzzing on driver side while in motion. no dash lights on?

Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several moving parts that can cause a vibration in regards to the air conditioning system. You or a technician will have to go through the components one by one until the vibration...

Car completely died with all symptoms of bad altenator while it was raining next day starts right up what could that be?

Hello and thank you for writing in. With the multi symptoms that you are experiencing with your vehicle, there are a couple things that are wrong. The first thing is the ignition switch probably failing. All of your power devices...

Why does my car's RPMs spike randomly at a constant speed?

Depending on the terrain where you live, this may be a normal function of the engine downshifting. The vehicle should accelerate slightly when this happens, or should up under an increased load of some kind. With the age of your...

Hey i have a 2002 Mercedes Benz E430. I replace the radiator and refill the coolant level. The problem is my car runs hot and it s

If you recently replaced the radiator, there's a possibility that it could have air in it, which will require the system to be bled. However, there may also be other issues that cause it to run hot. When you mention...

My car won't start or turn over. After trying a few times and stepping on the gas, the car drives, but once the car is turned off the issue recurs.

Based on what you've described, it sounds like the starter is failing, although there could be other possible faults as well. The starter's internal contacts could be worn and not providing sufficient conductive surface to activate the starter motor. The...

Air bags

Sorry to hear of your misfortune involving your car. In almost all "newer" cars, there are sensors in the passenger seat that are designed to de-activate the passenger side air bag system in case a small child is seated in...

Overheating

This can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning on and off...

Bad thermostat causing overheating

The vehicle will need to be pressure tested to see if the intake and/or head gaskets are leaking coolant. The thermostat and housing should be checked for leaks. If these checks are okay, then the thermostat should be checked for...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re Shorter Than Average
Vertically Vertically challenged? Hate getting behind the wheel and having to crane your neck to see? There’s nothing wrong with you, but there is something wrong with your car. It might be time to trade it in and take advantage...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Coolant Temperature Switch (Sensor)
Common signs include poor fuel economy, black smoke coming from the engine, engine overheating, and the Check Engine Light turning on.
How to Troubleshoot Car Overheating Causes
Car overheating can be caused by low coolant, a faulty radiator fans, a broken serpentine belt, or a stuck thermostat. Stop driving an overheated car.