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I effing hate my car. It started to over heat on me on my way out of town, so I pulled over and let it cool off. On my way back home it started to overheat again, but then the temp went back down to normal. I can smell burning coolant, so I know all is not well. Any ideas? I also took it to Midas to get a brake job, this was friday, I noticed the temp starting to get out of the normal range on my way home last night. Should I be calling Midas first thing to make them fix whatever they broke? Or should I take it to another garage and have them fix it?

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  • cheyner Jun 26, 2011

    Its the whole over heating, and then being fine 5 minutes later thing that I'm confused about here. I even sat in my parking lot with the engine on, hood closed, heat off, it started to over heat, and then went back down to normal levels.
    The head gasket is a year old, once the engine cooled down I ran a rage all around it, no leaks there.

  • cheyner Oct 13, 2014

    I just remembered about this post. It ended up being the cap for the coolant. This part has to be taken off to do tests on the coolant system so it was not discovered by the mechanics.

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Faulty water pump they don't have to leak to be bad, the fins inside pump are worn out {I have seen this on my daughter's car. She has the same vech. when I replaced water pump also replaced thermostat and temp sending unit. had no more problems. hope this helps you

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  • Dave Jun 30, 2011

    make sure fan is opperating correctly and not hanging up fan should spin freely may also be thermostat is hanging up due to first tine engine over heated they will bind and not work proper make sure you have correct mix on anti-freeze

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If your smelling coolant than there is a leak. It is doubtful that this was caused by doing a break service. If you trust the Midas that did your brakes and have used there services regularly in the past with no problems than I don't see the harm in at least letting them take a look at the car to identify the problem. It could be as simple as a blown hose, or it could be a radiator, water pump, or even an external head gasket leak depending on the engine size. You won't know until you take a peak.

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    Jeremy W. Jun 26, 2011

    When you say overheat, the gauge is going to hot and you can physical used coolant boiling over out of the reservoir?

    Did you hear the fan come one when it was in the parking lot? Or did it start to cool down after you starting driving?

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