Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Temperature Warning Light on

asked by on

The Temperature Warning Light is on.

This light indicates that your engine has exceeded the safe operating temperature. There are many potential causes for engine overheating, from a failed water pump, to a blown head gasket. Whatever the cause, allowing your engine to overheat can do catastrophic damage. I suggest you don’t drive your vehicle until it is repaired. Call a trained professional, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine the source and cause of your VW’s Temperature Warning Light, and recommend the best path to repair.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How to change battery cable connectors

Your Battery Saver Light comes on because your car is seeing a lower than expected battery voltage. When you see the light, your car will turn off certain electrical loads in order to save the battery from being unable to...

Q: Transmission does not shift properly

This may be a result of low transmission fluid or potentially a faulty transmission control module. A faulty transmission control module may cause a delay in acceleration or erratic shifting of gears. The transmission control module has various sensors such...

Q: What temperature should your thermostat open up?

Hey there. Most vehicles run with a 195 degree thermostat. You can talk to your local dealer or parts shop should be able to tell you the specific one recommended for your vehicle and if any optional ones are listed/approved....

Related articles

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 Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.
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.