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Cooling system

My car heats up quickly (pass max temp) as soon as the car warms up. Do you think its the cooling system? and if so is it worth fixing?



Thanks

Until you know what’s wrong, you can’t decide if it’s worth fixing.

Be aware that you’re slowly ruining your engine each time you let it do this.

Having said that, did you check if you have the right amount of coolant in the overflow tank and also the radiator? Have you done the required maintenance to your cooling system all along?

Yes, it’s probably the cooling system. Lion9car suggested that you’re slowly ruining your engine, but I’d have to add that his statement is overly optimistic. Running an overheated engine can destroy it very quickly.

I suggest that you have this towed to your mechanic and repaired or you’ll soon be without a working car.