Having problems with your 1996 Mazda MPV ?

Husband had to rush off to sea and left me in Spain with a P reg diesel bongo automatic that is now showing a high temp gauge reading on dash and sometimes makes a rumbling sound about the area of the passager side dash. Engine does not sound bad whilst running but wonder if l should rush to garage asap or is she safe to nurse for a few days until he gets back? Basically safe to drive or not? thanks C

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 10-12-2018

Answers :

If the gauge is showing hot do these things first, when engine is cold check the motor oil level there is a mark on the dip stick that says full wipe off the stick with a napkin or toilet paper then shove stick all the way back in then pull out quickly and turn the stick to the side so the oil will remain on the stick and not run up or down the stick, if it's full put it back in. next Remove the Radiator cap see if it's full of antifreeze if not top it off with water since your in Spain I assume it's not freezing there, if it is freezing where you are then add antifreeze, next put the cap back on now locate the dip stick for the transmission fluid, normally it is red or yellow, with the car running remove the stick and wipe it clean stick it back in and pull it out the same way yo did the oil stick, check that the fluid level is at the full mark, if it's OK then do a short test drive to see if it makes noise. If it does take it back home and raise the hood and see where the noise is coming from then get back to us. If it is overheating DO NOT DRIVE IT you WILL Destroy the engine at a cost of $3000.00 dollars. if you find any of the fluid levels low like antifreeze then it may be just a stuck thermostat but it is not worth the risk to drive any distance.
We have no idea. if it really is getting hot every minute its damaging the motor even more
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