Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: temp gauge shot through the roof, heard rattling in engine, smoke coming from lower passenger side of engine, belts slight squeek

asked by on

i was doing deliveries for my work. drove 35 miles to one town fine with no issues, made it about 25 miles to the next town and my temp gauge out of no where shot through the roof. car started making a rattling sound from engine and i had smoke coming up from the passenger side of the engine with a nasty burn smell. coolant was full, oil was on the lower side, there were no leaks of any kind when i pulled over to let car sit and cool down. had to get the car towed back to my home town and when i started it up to park it, it made a really nasty grinding rattling noise. i was wondering if this could be an issue with a faulty starter cause i believe that might be where the smoke is coming from or if i have an issue with my thermostat. i dont have the money to take it the shop right now so i'm trying to get ideas of what it might be.

My car has 200000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: If your engine temperature overheated, then...

If your engine temperature overheated, then you have problems in the cooling system. Running it low on oil does not help an engine. If you are getting smoking and noise from the engine, then you need to have the engine checked for damage from the overheating. The water pump may have failed or your thermostat may have stuck closed. I recommend having a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, come to you to diagnose the overheating issue to see what has happened.

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!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Drivers side wheel feels loose

It is very possible that you could have an issue with your steering or suspension parts. You may have a ball joint, tie rod, or wheel bearing that has some free play. I would recommend having your wheel lifted up...

Q: brake light stays on

Yes, you should have it checked out immediately as the light is an important signal for road safety. The red brake light may just be something as simple as a faulty brake fluid level sensor, but it could be an...

Q: 7 codes transmission shifting bad could it b ecm

Having that many codes that go to one component may want you to quickly condemn the ECM. However, the vehicle should not have the ECM replaced until one or more of the codes retrieved calls for the replacement of the...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.