Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Radiator and transmission acting up

asked by on

My car is burning antifreeze every day and the transmission is acting up.

The cause of a car burning antifreeze is the head gasket. The car probably ran hot and warped the head causing the head gasket to allow water to pass into the cylinder. A way to see the sign of a blown head gasket is to look at the oil dipstick and you may see a milking gunk built up on the edge of the dipstick. If this is the case, you will have to determine if fixing it is worth it considering the age of the car or if it is best to just get a new car. Sometimes when water is allowed in the oil it will wear out other parts on the vehicle such as main bearings and piston rod bearings. So it may not be as easy as just replacing the head gasket. You will have to have the engine completely rebuilt.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Radiator and transmission acting up

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: Wrong antifreeze and fuel additive used and the car is noisy and runs roughly

This vehicle should not be run any at all until it can be diagnosed and repaired. In cases where coolant has been put into the engine, this can damage various engine components such as the bearings, pistons and crankshaft....

Q: Transmission acting up causing car to shake and loose acceleration.

Hello, with a fault like that there is a good chance that a code has been set in the traction system, transmission, and engine control. A scanner will need to be connected to check the system. The most likely cause...

Q: panel below my VW beetle driver's side door is bent-- estimate of what this would cost?

You would need to visit a body shop to get a correct quote and I recommend getting at least 3 quotes to fix it since they will vary widely. Body repairs can be extensive even when they are not evident...

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...
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...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...