More likely than the oil level, which is a big problem if it is low or dirty, the head gasket may be leaking and the cooling system does not have pressure. You can grab the upper radiator hase after you turn the car off to see if it has pressure. This is a crude test though. The next thing I would do is to see if the exhaust had any smoke coming out and if it was grey or white. Then change the oil and look for milky contamination in the oil.
Lastly, I would have a cooling sytem pressure and leakdown test performaed.
This will denfinately tell you if you have a blown gasket affecting the cooling sytem.
You can always run trouble codes too.
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 1:16 AM