Asked by Aug 01, 2011 at 08:03 PM about the 2003 Nissan Xterra SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car started overheating yesterday went all the way to the H. There was no steam or leaks. I followed instruction manual turning heat to max and fan to max along with idling 1500 r/min til it returned to normal. After letting it cool for couple hours added filtered water waited more than an hour added more watered. I was able to drive home more than 40 miles away with heat and fan at max without it overheating again. My car has been parked since I got it home. I took the bus to work What could have caused this incident? Am I able to continue driving it? What should I do?

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Was the coolant low? If it was it has to have gone somewhere. Pull oil distick see if theres signs of a blown head gasket. Also could be anythng from cooling fan not turning on to thermostat sticking closed. I would say try to figure out where the coolant is going cause countinuous overheating will cause further damage!


Thanks for responding. What am I looking for when I pull the oil dipstick? What should I see and what shouldn't I see?

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It will look milky. Trust me if its there you will know!


Checked last night. Not milky just oil.


did you get it fixed and what was the problem? Thanks KM

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