Car running hot

Asked by May 09, 2017 at 08:35 PM about the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Car started running hot and I put water in it
and it's not getting to the motor and now the
motor is ticking

8 Answers

73,125

Probably the thermostat needs to be changed, or there is a bad water pump not circulating the coolant. Those are the fist things to check.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
73,125

You do not want to be driving this until it is fix, or there would be damage to the engine.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Sitting still idling it stays one temperature but once we head up the road the temp hand goes up

73,125

I'm leaning toward the water pump. The impeller on the water pump will erode away, no fins to push the coolant threw the engine. But also the thermostat should be changed out anyway. Make sure the fans on the radiator are working properly.

What does it mean when we ran water through it to flush it out and it started tapping now it has a fart smell

73,125

The smell probably is coming from the catalytic converter from burning off all the impurities collected on it threw normal driving, and when the engine got hot so did the exhaust, so it just baked the impurities in the cat. If the smell is coming from the cooling system, then that means the cooling system had not ben serviced for a long time, and definitely the water pump would be suspect to your problem.

Thank you for your help

73,125

Your welcome.

Your Answer

Malibu

Looking for a Used Malibu in your area?

CarGurus has 76,794 nationwide Malibu listings starting at $1,500.

ZIP:

Chevrolet Malibu Experts

  • #1
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    2,100
  • #2
    T_S_T
    Reputation
    2,010
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,480
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
578 Great Deals out of 34,593 listings starting at $1,250
Used Honda Accord
1,086 Great Deals out of 61,705 listings starting at $999
Used Nissan Altima
1,090 Great Deals out of 74,303 listings starting at $875
Used Toyota Camry
1,103 Great Deals out of 70,451 listings starting at $750
Used Hyundai Sonata
724 Great Deals out of 47,715 listings starting at $199
Used Kia Optima
477 Great Deals out of 28,448 listings starting at $2,200
Used Honda Civic
832 Great Deals out of 76,905 listings starting at $900
Used Chevrolet Camaro
434 Great Deals out of 31,716 listings starting at $2,395
Used Nissan Maxima
350 Great Deals out of 23,512 listings starting at $1,550
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,166 Great Deals out of 181,094 listings starting at $1,900

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Chevrolet Malibu LS For Sale
45 Great Deals out of 11,666 listings starting at $13,610
2016 Chevrolet Malibu LS For Sale
17 Great Deals out of 624 listings starting at $11,344
2015 Chevrolet Malibu LS For Sale
32 Great Deals out of 799 listings starting at $8,795
2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 968 listings starting at $7,995
2013 Chevrolet Malibu LS For Sale
16 Great Deals out of 594 listings starting at $6,700

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.