Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Why is my car overheating?

asked by on

I was parked with the engine on and my car overheated

My car has 48000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hi there, thanks for writing in. I’d be happy to help. The cooling fan in your car is electric. It is triggered by a relay and temperature sensor. If equipped with air conditioning, turn it on and see if the radiator fan turns on. If it does not turn on, either with or without the AC turned on, then the fan motor or relay can be bad. If it does turn on only when the AC is on, then the temperature sensor may be bad.

If you would like help, consider having an expert automotive technician from YourMechanic come to your home or office to inspect and diagnose this issue for you, and make or suggest any repairs as needed.

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. Why is my car overheating?

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: What kind of oil should I use for my 2015 Chrysler 200 Unlimited?

The viscosity recommended by Chrysler is 5W20. You can use a good quality conventional or synthetic oil. Check your owner's manual for the specific specifications the oil should meet as they can change year to year, but MS-6395 is what...

Q: How do you use the ambient lighting?

If your SUV is equipped with ambient lighting, it provides additional illumination in several different areas, including the foot wells, around the cup holders and more. It can also be customized to the color you want. Here’s how to work...

Q: Heater doesn't work correctly

The most likely cause of an inoperative heater (aside from low coolant) is a faulty thermostat. Hot engine coolant flows through the heater core. The blower motor blows air over the heater core and into the passenger compartment to warm...

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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...