Q: What do you think could be wrong?

asked by on October 16, 2016

Just had upper and lower intake gaskets fixed two weeks ago. Since then, my heat only works if the car is driving and once I'm at a complete stop the air turns cold. It started to misfire and now overheating, which it never did before I replaced the gaskets. Yesterday my car overheated to the point i had to replace my thermostat and my gage on the dash broke. The fan runs non stop and I can not drive it. Starts but extremely rough. There was air pockets they never took care of and my boyfriend got some of them out. I'm thinking either radiator or head gaskets.What do you think?

My car has 184000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. If the vehicle overheated to the point where steam started to escape, you are better off replacing the engine altogether. Once the cooling system is filled with water, it can be pressure tested to see if there are still any leaks. The pressure should show the leak pretty quickly if it is a large one. If no leaks can be found, have the technician check to see that the coolant temperature sensor and cooling fans work properly as they are needed to regulate the engine temperature. If you would like to have this checked out by an expert, have a certified professional, like one from YourMechanic, diagnose the overheating issue and let you know what needs repair.

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


Experienced Mechanic?

Earn up to $70/hr

What others are asking

2009 volkwasgon Jetta 2.5 5 cylinder

2007 Dodge Caliber jerking motion while driving new crank and cam shaft as well as tune up and oil change what could be the proble

It is possible that an issue such as this would be associated with a check engine light. I would recommend having any trouble codes that are stored in your system read by a qualified professional to determine the exact cause...

my speedometer and gas needle does not work on my 2003 mitsubishi outlander LS

Hello, thank you for writing in. The speedometer and the fuel gauge run independently of each other up until they connect to the instrument cluster at the back of your dashboard. If the other gauges were failing as well, you...

Can I replace the tps sensor in 2007 f150 with 5.4L 3v triton 8cy or do i have to replace the entire throttle body

Hi there. It is possible to only install the throttle position sensor on a 2007 Ford F150. The problem typically comes with programming it with a different throttle body; which is why the auto parts store recommended the throttle body...

My Sentra makes a Knocking sound when I Accelerate or Brake

You probably have one or more motor mounts failing. The motor mounts have a rubber buffer in them to soak up the engine vibrations and when they get tired the engine can shift around a little bit. The one that...

Diesel fuel accidentally added to car and car won't start

Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 2011 Infiniti G25. Diesel fuel can damage the injectors, lines, and filters of a gasoline fuel system. Since a gasoline engine can't correctly combust diesel fuel, engine damage can also result. The...

Rear windshield wiper broken

For your 2005 Kia Spectra5, if you can hear the motor run without proper wiper operation, then you know a couple things. The switch is working, and the fuse and wiring are okay, too. The problem must be in the...

Do these cars need valve adjustments?

Hi there, thanks for writing in. Your particular year and model of Subaru does not need to have the valves adjusted. It uses hydraulic lifters that are self adjusting. If there is a ticking noise, it could be that...

Car not starting up.

If your car is cranking but doesn't start, that points toward a spark or fuel delivery problem because there is only three basic requirements to run spark, fuel and compression. Have a certified mechanic inspect for fuel pressure spark and...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu
While While many people thought that Toyota and Honda had taken over the mid-size family sedan market with models like the Camry and the Accord, Chevrolet surprised the whole market with the Malibu. Available with either a four- our six-cylinder...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Love Camping
Do Do you love camping, getting back to nature and enjoying life in the great outdoors? If you do, then you know that getting there can be half the fun, and it’s even better if you have a great ride....
What Is the Purpose of Engine Gaskets?
Engine gaskets work as seals to maintain pressure, hold fluids, and prevent debris from entering the engine. Gaskets are vital for engine performance.