car was smoking replaced radiator a day before

I just had a radiator put in a day after car started smoking but temperature gage didn't move. Let it cool drove off about 15 minutes later car started smoking again but this time the temperature gage went all the way up . Put water in it got home turned it off opened the hood i heard sizzling looked under car and all the water was coming out that i just put in but the water wasn't coming from the radiator.
My car has an automatic transmission.
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If you request an engine overheating diagnostic the responding certified mechanic will get this resolved for you promptly. In the interim, of course it’s not recommended to drive the car if it is overheating because overheating can warp the cylinder head and/or engine block causing costly damage. The most common causes of overheating include low coolant level (including that due to leaks), a faulty thermostat (by the way, engine cooling system thermostats exposed to overheating must be replaced as the thermostat ITSELF is subject to damage from overheating), a plugged radiator, a faulty radiator pressure cap, collapsed hoses, non functioning cooling fans, and a faulty water pump or drive belt. Certain engine faults, such as a leaking head gasket or poor engine running condition can also cause overheating. Exhaust blockages, very underinflated tires, and transmission faults can also cause, or contribute to, overheating. If you request the recommended diagnostic, the mechanic will get this resolved for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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The radiator prevents overheating by cooling the fluid that flows around the engine block to dissipates the engine`s heat. When you see smoke coming from the radiator, it is an indicator that the radiator has not been able to do this job and the car is overheating as a result.
To start a car after replacing the radiator when it`s struggling, check to see that the battery is charged. It might be a drained battery problem. Otherwise, look for an issue with the fuel or ignition. The simplest explanation is that the battery was drained while the repairs were completed.
Hi there. White smoke coming from the exhaust is an indicator of coolant being mixed with the engine oil and being burned in the combustion chamber. Typically a blown head gasket will cause this to occur, or a crack in the engine block.
The most common answer to, “Why is my car smoking but not overheating?” is that there`s a type of fluid that`s landed on the engine. This can be motor oil, fuel, transmission fluid, coolant, or even condensation. It can cause your engine to smoke because it`s burning off that fluid from the engine.
Radiator Hose Troubles:

Another symptom of a clogged or faulty radiator is if the radiator hoses are hot to touch. The hoses carry the car coolant from the radiator to the engine. If the hoses are hot, it means that the coolant is not flowing correctly and the engine is overheating.

Vehicles often produce thin white smoke caused by water vapor and condensation in the exhaust pipe. However, if it`s not condensation, white exhaust smoke is typically caused by an engine coolant leak. This could mean a coolant leakage — going from the coolant system into the combustion chamber.
It is typically not safe to drive the vehicle when it is overheating as this may risk additional engine damage. Overheating can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, a clogged radiator or a failing coolant fan switch.
It is typically not safe to drive the vehicle when it is overheating as this may risk additional engine damage. Overheating can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, a clogged radiator or a failing coolant fan switch.
Low coolant can sometimes cause a head gasket on your engine block to blow. If this happens, you may notice smoke emitting from the engine or tailpipe, a loss of power, engine knocking sounds, or decreased efficiency.
It is typically not safe to drive the vehicle when it is overheating as this may risk additional engine damage. Overheating can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, a clogged radiator or a failing coolant fan switch.
This is due to dust congregating within home radiators during periods they are out of use, such as the warmer summer months when they aren`t required. Once they are turned back on, the radiators will quickly burn off the dust particles, often resulting in a burning smell.

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I had my radiator replaced also my lower radiator holes replaced and my car keeps shaking really bad when the car is still
ANSWER : The shaking could be the result of a number of issues, including the engine having a misfire (not firing on all cylinders). The radiator replacement would not have created this condition. The vehicle should be inspected in order to diagnose this issue. A YourMechanic certified mechanic can come to your home or place of business to perform a car is shaking or vibrating inspection on your vehicle.

car was smoking replaced radiator a day before
ANSWER : If you request an engine overheating diagnostic the responding certified mechanic will get this resolved for you promptly. In the interim, of course it’s not recommended to drive the car if it is overheating because overheating can warp the cylinder head and/or engine block causing costly damage. The most common causes of overheating include low coolant level (including that due to leaks), a faulty thermostat (by the way, engine cooling system thermostats exposed to overheating must be replaced as the thermostat ITSELF is subject to damage from overheating), a plugged radiator, a faulty radiator pressure cap, collapsed hoses, non functioning cooling fans, and a faulty water pump or drive belt. Certain engine faults, such as a leaking head gasket or poor engine running condition can also cause overheating. Exhaust blockages, very underinflated tires, and transmission faults can also cause, or contribute to, overheating. If you request the recommended diagnostic, the mechanic will get this resolved for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Car is idling at high rpm’s and when the days are hot the car cranks but doesn’t turn on and also exhaust is smoking when i rev it
ANSWER : Hello – your symptoms suggest worn piston rings or valve stem seals (smoking), and a possible air leak in the intake, or idle air control valve sticking open (high idle). Both are signs of a higher-mileage engine with significant wear. I recommend an engine inspection performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, and give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

A few days after replacing serpentine belt the car will not move when in drive
ANSWER : This would suggest that you may have a charging system problem as well as the car potentially being in limp mode. When the car goes into limp mode this is a measure the car’s computer takes in an effort to keep you and the car safe when one or more critical components is not working properly. When this happens you should have a Check Engine Light on which will register fault codes in the car’s computer which will point to specific components. I would recommend having an certified expert, like one from YourMechanic, come to your home to diagnose your starting issue and help you repair it.

After a radiator change, My car is shaking and emitting black smoke. What could be the cause? 2000 Volvo S80
ANSWER : Hello, your symptoms suggest a coolant temperature sensor failure, or wiring problem (cut wires or other "open circuit" issues). Changing the radiator may have caused the sensor to be bumped, or the wiring for this sensor to be damaged. An open circuit for this sensor would send engine management a signal for "very cold conditions", requesting a rich fuel mixture – resulting in rough idle, and black smoke from unburned fuel. I would suggest a engine sensor inspection by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

I have changed the car battery on my Renault Grand Scenic and used the car that day on the sunday. However 3 days later the car wo
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. If the new battery has also failed to hold a charge, the alternator is likely not working correctly. You can test the alternator at home with a voltmeter, or you can remove it and have it tested at most automotive parts stores. It will need to be replaced if it has failed. You will also want to make sure all of the electrical connections are clean, dry, and tight. For more help testing or replacing the alternator, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

My car wouldn’t start after battery was just replaced my car cd player is running after I turn the car off
ANSWER : Your CD player definitely should not be running after the key is off and out of the car. It will certainly drain your battery. So the good news is you can be reasonably certain about what is killing your battery. I would remove any CD’s from the player and see if it still spins with the key out of the car. If you need to go a step further, you will need to disconnect the power wire to the stereo. It is located at the back of the stereo and this will require some dash disassembly to access the rear of the radio.

You will want to disconnect the stereo overnight to see if the battery dies. A quicker more accurate way of testing for a draw, which is what this is called, is to use an amp meter at the battery to confirm the stereo is the source of the draw. Most multimeters have amp settings that can be used up to a ten amp draw. You will need to connect the leads of the multimeter inline with the positive battery cable. Do not turn the key on while the multimeter is inline with the battery. The current will blow the fuse in the multimeter then you won’t be able to complete the test. Also, you will need to wait somewhere between ten minutes and an hour for all the modules in the car to go to sleep. Modules that are on will draw current until they go to sleep. You are looking for a draw of more than a half of an amp continuous.

With the multimeter connected, disconnect the radio connector and see if the draw goes away. You will see this reflected in the multimeter amperage reading. This draw test can be used to locate any draw that may be occurring. If you find the radio is not the culprit, you should then begin removing fused one at a time to see what is causing the draw. When the draw goes away after removing a fuse, something on that fused circuit is causing the draw.From there you will need to study a wiring diagram to see what is on that circuit.

Of course, all this takes an understanding of electricity to do these test. If you should need assistance with this, I recommend the following inspection; Battery is dead inspection from a certified technician from YourMechanic.

Good luck!

What maintenance should I do to my 2005 Saturn Ion?
ANSWER : First off, yes your vehicle does have a timing chain. It is good that all that maintenance has been performed recently and should carry you for many miles. However, if you cannot verify the age of the coolant and fuel filter, it may be a good idea to replace them both even if they "look" good. One item you failed to mention is the brake fluid. Brake fluid is hydroscopic – it absorbs moisture. When it does, it’s boiling point is reduced which can lead to brake fade or loss, and reduce the life of components like anti-lock brake pump which can cost $2-$3000 to replace on some vehicles. Especially when it comes to vehicles equipped with anti-lock brakes, it is a good idea to have the brake fluid flushed every 2-3 years, regardless of mileage. Have a certified technician perform your maintenance needs like flushing the brake fluid for many miles of trouble-free driving.