Questions tagged [overheating]

Referring to vehicle engine temperature, where the engine exhibits steaming or in worse case scenario, engine seizing (completely stop running due to internal parts bonding - temporarily or permanently - together).

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I drove with my Parking Brake on for 30 mins: should I be worried?

Yesterday, I was driving my car for about 30 minutes on the highway at speeds of up to 60 mph. I felt my brakes weren't really working and looked down to notice my emergency brake had been on the ...
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Strange overheating behaviour

My 10 year old Litchfield Forester STi needs a bit of maintenance to sort a minor oil leak but other than that has been behaving well for the past year with regular oil top ups. This week on the ...
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Cascading Repair Costs following Blown Head Gasket on a 2004 Subaru Outback

This question concerns a 2004 Subaru Outback with ~167,000 miles. All major and minor maintenance was performed (original owner car). Nonetheless, it has suffered rapid demise. How much of the ...
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What exactly is a catalytic converter and why does it need to operate within a certain range?

I heard here that a catalytic converter needs to operate within a certain "chemical range" otherwise it will generate unnecessary heat. What exactly is a catalytic converter? How does it work? What ...
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What effect will replacing manifolds with headers have on oil temperature?

I drive a big heavy car (2011 Mercedes E63, somewhere around 4200lbs) that I take to the track. It has the NA 6.3L engine (M156) with no modifications. I struggle with oil temperature issues on hot ...
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Motorcycle heats up within minutes of driving in the traffic

Ice cold engine of my KTM Duke 200 heats up and shoots the highest temperature and the gauge reaches the extreme within like 15-30 minutes of driving it in traffic. And the engine stops and doesn't ...
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When idling, AC does not work and engine overheats. What's the cause?

I drive a 2013 Chevy Sonic. Basically, the air conditioning does not blow cold air if the car is idling, only when in motion. It seems to blow the coldest during long periods of driving fast, such as ...
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2006 wrx overheats going slow but not at speed

my 2006 wrx heats up into the red going slow on back roads but is fine and shows no signs of any issue going fast. what is the deal? blown head gasket?
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Why does my overheating car cool off on declines?

Thanks for your never-ending support! The quick and precise answers and suggestions that you all provide is priceless in its worth. After the timing belt change ( I skipped the water pump, it looked ...
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Infamous WRX/XT overheating problem

I need some help figuring out what's wrong with my 2007 Forester XT Manual. Background: The headgasket popped in November of last year. I had it fixed by an RMI certified workshop. They skimmed the ...
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2006 Subaru Forrester overheating and no heat

My 2006 Subaru Forester is overheating with no heat blowing through the vents. I have had a thermostat put in and a new heater core. Radiator has been pressure tested with no leaks. Unfortunately it ...
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Can engine oil type cause a car to overheat?

I own a Peugeot 405. At first I was using 20w-50 engine oils but The last time I went for changing the engine oil I used 10w-40. After that The engine temperature rises constantly and (even when it's ...
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Belt driven Water pump failure?

I have a 95 camry LE (6 cylinder) that has a major overheating problem. I managed to rule out the thermostat, leaks, radiator, and fans as the cause of the overheating. But the water pump has me ...
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Can a blown head gasket cause overheating, without losing coolant?

My 2006 Subaru Outback overheated when my wife was driving. I got to the car that evening and its radiator was pretty low. I refilled it, and the car ran fine for a week. Then it overheated again. ...
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Overheat, coolant loss, P0170/P0117, hard start, smoke, delayed throttle, no vtec

So I'm on the road right now (or was, when I wrote this) having an issue that started a few days ago and I'm trying to diagnose it. I am not sure what info is relevant, it does feel like more than one ...
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Check for overheat damage

I have a vehicle with a Chrysler 360 industrial application engine made in 1987 with 70k miles. I haven't driven it before and I don't know the prior history. recently I did drive it just a few ...
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Should the rear brakes get hotter than the front in a RWD vehicle?

I recently got new ceramic brake pads and rotors on my 2LS 2013 Chevrolet Camaro less than a month ago and I've put less than 500 miles on them. However, recently I've noticed that the rear brake ...
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Car overheats idling in traffic

I have a 2000 Chevrolet Impala. I recently had the water pump, timing belt, radiator, and thermostat replaced because I had a coolant leak/overheating problems. I now don't have a coolant leak, ...
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Overheating at idle - mechanic says head gasket

My car has been overheating at idle after a long period of time - perhaps 20-30 minutes in traffic. If I drive, it immediately starts to cool down again. I don't drive often so it hasn't been an issue ...
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Coolant boiling and smoke coming out of engine bay

I have a 1995 Toyota Camry SE that has 195,000+ miles that has started to develop some serious problems. Aside from what I believe to be an issue with the transmission, the car had been running ...
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Overheating Subaru

I have a 95 Subaru that is overheating. I have brought it to different mechanics who have tried to fix it but can't figure out exactly what is wrong. I can usually drive the car for a while before it ...
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problem with overheating and heater core in 1998 Subaru Forester

UPDATE: It has been a year and a half and it is now happening again! (same exact presentation.) It started happening again when it started getting cold out and is still going on now. Took it to the ...
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Replaced radiator and Thermostat, Car Still Overheating

I changed the radiator today and drove to work, same thing: overheating and boiling. Don't see a leak from the radiator or anywhere else. The thermostat was changed and still no change. I am stuck, so ...
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What is the average radiator capacity on 6 cylinder engines?

Yesterday I drained the radiator on a 99 Monte Carlo. Owner's manual states that it should take 11.6 quarts (2.85 gallons). I removed the petcock, flushed the system by running a hose into the top ...
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Is it unreasonable to expect nation chain mechanics to recognize a blown head gasket from a radiator problem before installing new radiator?

PepBoys replaced my radiator a week ago exactly, because it blew a hose a week before. It also had the following symptoms:. *spewing white smoke and fluid out the tail pipe. *radiator losing all its ...
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2003 honda civic overheats only after freeway speeds

I have a 2003 honda civic ex with 110k miles that over heats after freeway speeds. The water pump and timing belt were replaced at 100k miles.The thermostat was recently replaced as well. The ...
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How exactly does an increase in engine temperature cause a car to breakdown?

I have an engine temperature gauge on the dashboard of my car (as most people do), but if for some reason the engine temperature is caused to increase (due to a lack of cooling or what have you), the ...
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Fan accelerates increasingly when idle/at a stop

I have a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While sitting in idle/at a stop, temperature increases a little to just above 210 and the fan is increasingly loud - sounds like it's going to burst out. It also ...
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04 Tahoe “Engine Coolant Hot” message

I am out of town with my Tahoe and getting the message "Engine Coolant Hot" on my dash message system. When it pops up I notice that the temp gauge goes up almost to the red line. Also the air ...
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Engine overheating - mayo in oil sump mystery

I have an old Skoda Estelle with its original carbureted engine. It has been working so far. This car doesn't have a thermostat installed. Timeline: A few days ago, I realized it was consuming too ...
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1995 Honda Civic lx overheating

I bought a civic from a couple of girls who had previously said that they had a bit of trouble with the car overheating, but it never broke down on them. It had 120k miles on it and they were asking ...
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Water leaking into frame case/engine?

I just had my 2012 Mini Cooper S (66K miles) repaired last week last week for a failed/leaky water pump. My car had an episode where it overheated and shut down and wouldn't start after pulling over ...
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2002 Jeep Grand Cheerokee Laredo hesitate/jerking + multiple CEL codes

I have a 2002 Jeep Grand Cheerokee Laredo 4.0. I don't know much about cars, and recently had bought this Jeep off of a private owner that had said it had no problems but now after owning it for 2 1/2 ...
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Truck overheating; no coolant flow through radiator

I have a 95 GMC Sierra 5.7 it suddenly overheated one day and the upper radiator hose busted. So far I've changed upper and lower hoses thermostat and water pump and flushed radiator. All new parts ...
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Car won't start

My Chevy Spark 1.2 L 2012 model overheated and blew the head gasket. I replaced the gasket and spark plugs. The engine is turning, but it won't start. Plugs do get petrol. Engine sounds like sewing ...
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1999 Subaru Legacy 2.5 Overheating

I recently bought this car from a neighbor, who warned me that it overheated, but I had bled the system and the car ran fine. Thinking the problem was dealt with I redid two bearings and all the ...
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1992 Honda Accord overheating issues

Before I dive into a water pump replacement - how would I test it? I have replaced the thermostat, hoses and radiator - all of which needed it. Now the car will go to red (hot) intermittently, and ...
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oil in coolant reservoir … urgent … Peugeot 206 Xri … 2006

I need some advice I'm broke and I need the car (like it's not an option) it hasn't overheated yet . This just happened about a week ago, I'm driving way slower like 50/60kmh and 70/90kmh when in ...
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Block flatness tolerance?

2006 Solstice (says hello). The engine overheated for some reason, going from ~200F to ~300F in a matter of seconds. (Actually, the gauge changed directly from 203F to 298F.) The head is over at the ...
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Ignition coil overheating: what to blame?

I have got in the past ignition coil overheating, making the engine run very erratically and in some cases it even wouldn't run at all until the coil got cooler. In one occasion I changed the coil for ...
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How to determine component causing overheating?

Car: 2008 Audi S5 4.2L Background: Fan has been working very hard for the last 3-4 months (albeit it was summer, but even on cooler nights it was on max), temperature on dash dial steady in the ...
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Bubbles coming out of the radiator. Head gasket?

I was bleeding air from my Honda Civic yesterday. Everything was going well until the coolant was still bubbling after 40 minutes of bleeding. I did everything correctly. Turned the heater to max, I ...
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car over heating and white smoke coming out of the hood

I have a 98 Honda civic that I bought a few months ago. It has an after market fan that i have to turn on when I'm driving to keep it from over heating. In the winter time it wansnt a big deal to turn ...
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The mysterious overheating honda civic

This is a tale that goes back about a year when I found my very first car. I needed it to commute back and forth to school. When I bought the car it worked great, everything I could have wanted. ...
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Overheating in E-46, 3.23i

My BMW E-46, 3.23i temperature is always going to the red zone. My water pump is fine, the thermostat is okies, but the hose on top is hot and swollen. The lower hose, however, is cold and fine. I ...
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My car is overheating but its not waterpump or thermostat related by-passed heater core

I have a 91 Firebird Formula. I have the electric cooling fan by-passed to run constantly. The car does not overheat idling, but does while I'm driving. The problem is not coming from the water pump ...
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The coolant is boiling when I shut off engine

I have a 2000 Chrysler 300m. A few days ago out of the blue my car cut off on its own and I was unable to start it for a few hours. I left it sit in the grocery store parking lot. Went back 3 hours ...
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2002 Honda Civic Overheating -

So I have a 2002 Honda Civic Lx. I’m not really too shabby with this car thing. We have changed my thermostat. My dad has replaced one of the hose. The system has been flushed. I don't know what's ...
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2008 Pontiac G5 Coolant is starting to run hot when driving. Slowly climbs to 225-230

Just wanting to know what a possible diagnosis could be on why it is starting to overheat?
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MB 2004 C320 wagon overheating at idle

In December 2015, my 2004 C-class wagon overheated (temp light came on, nothing dramatic) for the very first time while stuck in traffic for 30 minutes. I had it towed to a nearby MB dealership (not ...