It is never a good idea to drive a vehicle that overheats. Maybe, if you know what is causing it to overheat, you can drive it a short distance. Maybe. But I would not even suggest that. I would suggest diagnosing the problem before you turn a simple problem (maybe a bad $10.00 thermostat) into a big problem, like a blown cylinder head gasket that could cost you over $500.00 to fix.
First thing's first; when the engine is cold, check the coolant level. If the coolant level is low, then borrow a cooling system pressure tester from your local AutoZone, Advance Auto, or O'Reilly Auto Parts store. Hook up said pressure tester and pump it up to see where the leak is.
Here is a how-to guide: https://www.2carpros.com/articles/radiator-pressure-test
Do not pump it to more than 23psi, as that could cause more problems. 14 psi should do it, really.
Let us know what you find.
Sunday, November 11th, 2018 AT 7:54 AM