Overheating and starting issues

Asked by Feb 28, 2017 at 11:45 PM about the 2001 Mazda MPV LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Van is overheating .Keeps slowly climbing to the
h..Idk what to do.this is my 1st car/van..Also van
having issues starting it happened a few times but
it would just start after a while and a few prayers
but now overheating and issues starting..I saw a
YouTube video that lead me to believe the starting
issue was due to me needing to replace neutral
safety switch..But idk why the overheating..Please
help..I lovey 2001mazda MPV living in a new town
I don't know wany1 in and have very little friends
/connections..I'm from Brooklyn NY living in
Buffalo NY..Don't trust or know a good
mechanic..Please help

3 Answers


Possible reasons: Bad water pump, Bad temp sensor, bad fan motor of fan belts or fan clutch, No thermostat or stuck, cooling hoses weak and collapse (bottom), catalytic converter clogged, Late timing, Plugged radiator, Low oil level, Bad radiator cap, Coolant lever low, Head Gasket Blown, Transmission (lines run into radiator, may need an external cooler), Dirty/Greasy engine, Bad oil, Towing, Engine needs tune up, Bent exhaust, Air filter dirty.

Engine creator what do you mean by towing? My 01 mazda,mpv keeps over heating never had problems before day before it over heated i got stuck in mud a friend came and towed me out... ive changed my thermostat and checked my water pump please help


Towing puts extra strain on the engine and transmission, need I say more. If so your engine & trans makes more heat, the fluids break down faster, end result is higher temps. If your cooling systems are not up to par for the many reasons, then you overheat, when the engine & radiator is above normal operating temps your trans is too and vise-versa if cooling system is not working proberly because the trans cooling is integrating into the radiator. May need fluid changes sooner too. Be sure your radiator fans are working & clean (Not clogged with mud). Look for bad hoses that are not holding their shape, air in cooling system may need bleed out, radiator or over-flow caps may not be holding pressure, exhaust clogged with mud, Radiator fins (metal fins between the radiator's passageways) clogged with mud, Head gasket blown, there are some reasons, If fans are not working check connection to temp sensor & sender & to fans & test fan relay(s) .

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