02 impala - overheating

Asked by Jan 04, 2014 at 02:30 PM about the 2002 Chevrolet Impala Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2002 chevy impala v6 3.4 liter sudan. on the 20th of this month, I had the
termostat changed because the line in the car kept going over to red and saying
coolant temp hot put coolant in. even after that the line still would go over to the red
while driving and then would come out the red but settle a line or two just before the
red. the car just sat for a week and a half for holiday. now were back yesterday drove to
the store, line still going over to red while drive but came back over to the line or two
just before red. No heat was coming from the heater in the inside. My babies and my
mom was in the car so left the car running sitting idle while I went in the store so they
would possibly stay warm. Came back in, put it in gear and (not even out of parking
spot) line went straight to red and so much smoke came out from under hood. towed
car home. oh yeah, radiator was changed in May or June. Please advise as not a car
person,but without a car right now. Thank you.

5 Answers

275,615

Since you overheated the car multiple times, you could have damaged the head gasket of head. I can only suggest to have it inspected by a local mechanic since you don't work on cars yourself.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
118,975

I agree with Tom about the head gasket. Also are you sure they got all the air out of the cooling system when they changes the thermostat? If not an air pocket in system could cause overheating symptoms. And also no heat inside of car.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
75,755

Yes, unfortunately the 3.4s are notorious for blowing head gaskets. HTH. -Jim

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
17,905

Have who ever check out the engine to remove and check the thermostat also. It may have been put in upside down creating a blockage also. If you don't get hot air from the heater system, it sound like there is no water moving throughout the engine. Did they put new hoses on? Old ones may collapse and prevent the water from flowing. Make sure the person working on the car knows what he is doing. It will cost money to fix it for sure, but spend it wisely, and once. Sometimes a little bit more will be spent up front, but in the long run, it will be spent only once.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.
150

how to get air out of radiator

15 of 15 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Impala

Looking for a Used Impala in your area?

CarGurus has 32,101 nationwide Impala listings starting at $1,000.

ZIP:

Chevrolet Impala Experts

  • #1
    Js08016
    Reputation
    2,090
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,950
  • #3
    Rowefast
    Reputation
    1,790
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,008 Great Deals out of 53,938 listings starting at $1,599
Used Honda Accord
801 Great Deals out of 89,314 listings starting at $1,444
Used Chevrolet Camaro
390 Great Deals out of 31,491 listings starting at $3,000
Used Nissan Maxima
330 Great Deals out of 20,465 listings starting at $1,400
Used Toyota Camry
1,124 Great Deals out of 76,738 listings starting at $1,100
Used Nissan Altima
1,155 Great Deals out of 74,274 listings starting at $900
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
832 Great Deals out of 40,285 listings starting at $1,900
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,716 Great Deals out of 158,224 listings starting at $1,850
Used Ford Mustang
348 Great Deals out of 41,846 listings starting at $1,488
Used Ford Taurus
181 Great Deals out of 16,113 listings starting at $1,900

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Chevrolet Impala For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 10,179 listings starting at $20,781
2017 Chevrolet Impala For Sale
115 Great Deals out of 5,276 listings starting at $12,799
2016 Chevrolet Impala For Sale
39 Great Deals out of 1,185 listings starting at $11,995
2015 Chevrolet Impala For Sale
56 Great Deals out of 1,612 listings starting at $9,980
2014 Chevrolet Impala For Sale
80 Great Deals out of 2,150 listings starting at $8,795

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.