The result is less heat dissipated into the air by the radiator, causing the My question today involves my car, a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. An overheating engine is more than an inconvenience, it can be an expensive engine killer. See Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge . Engine is overheating at idle, fans come on but still keeps getting hotter. Overheating can cause a number of problems to the engine. I was out of town & Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the coolant? Step 3 – Pull over and shut off the engine Find a safe place to pull over and shut off your engine. Make sure to shut off the engine immediately, as an idling engine can continue to overheat. Overheating at idle Normally if it overheats during idling, it shouldn’t get hot enough to damage the engine, as temperatures rise way more than warm-up level during a … I'm taking it in tomorrow, and the mechanic is … Fluid levels seem fine. Have you checked for a leak in the cooling system? Chevy Impala Engine Overheating. The vehicle may also display an ENGINE OVERHEATED IDLE ENGINE and ENGINE OVERHEATED STOP ENGINE message in the Driver Information Center (DIC). I have to put on the heater full blast (I live in Arizona ugh!) The vehicle has several indicators to warn of engine overheating. Only cools down when driving. Some times when the engine overheats it can cause some serious internal engine damage that will cause a loss of compression. • Overheating can cause damage to the bearings and crankshaft. That said, I'm wondering about the mechanic's diagnosis, overheating at idle could also be caused by reduced coolant circulation (perhaps due to a water pump with a badly eroded impeller) or by a lack of airflow over the radiator at idle which could be caused by a fan failure or by something blocking the radiator. Some of the most common problems from overheating are: • An overheated cylinder head can crush the head gasket and restrict coolant flow to the cylinders. Fans come on quite quickly after starting. The last couple of days, my 92 Accord (Auto, 136,000 km) has had the engine overheat (almost into the danger zone) when idling and driving at low speeds. Once I'm above 20km/h, the temperature drops to normal. There is a different message that says "idle engine overheating," at this point I am very worried and I pull over and call the chevy dealership that I bought the car from and explain what has occurred. Then temperatures start coming down. 2004 g35 sedan 6 speed I would check the compression first. I was advised to bring the car into the service department. There is an engine coolant temperature gauge on the instrument panel cluster. Heat only works at idle, and overheated the other day and is now low on coolant. At this point, if you don’t want to get your hands dirty and do some troubleshooting … If your car has been running hot, you know the feeling. It seems like if there is no air across the nose it gets hot. 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