How much does it cost to fix an overheating car?

Every time I start driving, I notice my car’s thermometer hits the H. I may have even seen smoke the other day. I think my car is overheating, but I’m nervous about the cost of repairs. How much will it cost to fix an overheating car?

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Answer provided by
Emily Maracle
Answered on Feb 10, 2022
An overheating car is never good and requires attention ASAP, so you’ll want to head to a mechanic as soon as you can.
The average cost to fix an overheating car varies, typically between $100 to $1,500. Since several components help cool your engine and car, you’ll need to find out what causes the problem to get a better idea of the cost.
Here are some of the most common issues with an overheating car:
  • Broken thermostat
  • Leaking heating hose
  • Lack of antifreeze or coolant
  • Broken cooling fan
  • Broken water pump
  • Broken radiator
  • Broken head gasket
The least expensive repairs will be replacing a thermostat, heating hose, or refilling your antifreeze or coolant. However, if you have a broken water pump, radiator, or head gasket, your repairs will cost more as these are essential in keeping your engine cool.
While the cost of repairs can seem overwhelming, the sooner you get the overheating fixed, the less your repairs will likely cost. It’d be less expensive to fix a leaking radiator than a completely broken one or an engine that’s overheated to the point of being unsalvageable.
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