Why is my 2000 Cadillac Deville overheating?

I have a 2000 Cadillac Deville. I’ve had it for over ten years and it hasn’t really given me any serious maintenance trouble before. Lately, though, it’s been overheating very rapidly when I start it up. Why would a Deville suddenly start overheating all of the time?

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Answer provided by
Patrick Price
Answered on Apr 13, 2022
Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that your Cadillac has been overheating! There are several possible reasons why your 2000 Cadillac Deville is overheating. The most common reason is that you have a coolant leak.
Usually, when a car starts overheating, it’s because it has developed a leak in one of the coolant lines. This leads to an inadequate level of coolant fluid flowing through the engine. The result is rapid and frequent overheating.
Check your coolant levels. If they are low, you’ve located the problem. You’ll need to have a mechanic find and fix the leak as soon as possible. In the meantime, make sure that you are constantly checking and refilling your coolant fluid.
If you find that the coolant fluid is at a normal level, there may be something else going on. Other common causes of frequent overheating in a 2000 Cadillac Deville include:
  • Broken radiator fan
  • Broken thermostat
  • Oil too low
  • Plugged up heater core
You can check your oil levels to see if that might be the cause. Otherwise, you’ll need to have the issue diagnosed by a mechanic.
Whatever the cause, overheating can very quickly cause catastrophic and irreparable damage to your engine. Only drive your car to the mechanic–even then, drive slowly and keep a close eye on your temperature gauge. If you notice the temperature spiking, pull over and shut off the engine immediately. You may end up needing to have the car towed to a mechanic.
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