How do I know when my smart car is running hot?

by Anonymous
(Oklahoma City)

Without a heat gauge, like I've always had in all my other cars, how do I know when the car is dangerously heating up before it's too late and damage is done? It seems very very hot in the rear part of my car where the engine is.


Answer: You WILL feel the heat in the rear, but think about in a regular car, if you opened the hood and felt the engine when it's running, it would feel hot too. That in itself is not abnormal.

As long as you have adequate coolant in your radiator, there shouldn't be any reason that your engine would overheat. But if you are really concerned, check with your dealer.

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by: Christen Smith

An air lock in the coolant system can cause overheating of your smart car engine. There can be the following reasons for your overheating of engine.
1. A Dry Engine
2. Low Coolant Levels
3. Lack of Pressure
4. Faulty Thermostat
Please choose a good servicing center and let them find out the actual reason because this minor fault may lead your engine damage totally. I also faced the same problem earlier and I visited Nissan Service Tualatin. Well, everything all-right now. Thanks for asking for suggestion. Hope it would be useful.

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Alternative Coolant Temperture Gauge NEW
by: Bob Ricewasser

You can use a scanguage or Ultra gauge. These plug into the ALDL connector under the dash just to the right of the steering column. You can set these gauges to provide a number of different guages, coolant temperature being one of them.

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