Why is my 2001 Chevy Malibu overheating


Asked by Mar 07, 2015 at 05:55 PM about the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I wanna know why my car is over heating. I
changed the thermostat. The fans are
running and have a year old radiator. Also
got all the air out the line. When I have it
parked and idling, it's running fine, can rev it
up and all. But when I put it in gear, it's
stutters and the RPMs go down real low and
it sounds like it wants to kill. Then when I try
to press on the gas, it doesn't want to go at
first, and doesn't shift. I have to let off the
accelerator to make it shift. And when I get
not even a quarter mile down the road, it's
overheating and anti-freeze is coming out
the over flow tube of the reservoir

4 Answers


you have a 3.1 or a 3.4 the intake manifold gasget was designed to thin and if you look it is dribbleing. you mayhave BLOWN A HEAD GASKET. you can go deep trying to fix or you can try a can of blue devil and follow instructions

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

Will try. Thanks


3.1 and 3.4 engines blow head gaskets. It's the 3.8s that the intake manifold gaskets fail. HTH. -Jim


You prob have this fixed by now, what was the outcome? You may have a few issues, and the bog down and shift problem sounds like a plugged cat converter

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