Top Signs of Cooling System Failure


Top Signs of Cooling System FailureThe cooling system is integral to the overall operation of the engine. Comprised of the radiator, water pump, thermostat and a few other pieces, this system is tasked with regulating the operating temperature of the engine to prevent it from essentially melting itself. If you notice any of the following signs of cooling system or radiator trouble be sure to visit your local auto repair shop as soon as possible.

Rising Temperature Gauge

In many cases the first symptom that will alert you to trouble is a rising temperature gauge or illuminated temperature warning light on the dashboard. If either of these catch you eye be sure to pull over as soon as possible to let your vehicle's engine rest before additional damages occur.

White Steam

If you miss the light or the gauge it is probable that the next sign of trouble that you will encounter is white steam rising from under the hood. This is a clear sign your car is currently overheating. Pull over and shut your car off as soon as it is safe and legal to do so. Contact your mechanic to get their opinion on what to do next based on your make and model. Sometimes you may be able to drive the car to the shop, in other instances a tow would be advised.

Low Coolant Levels

From time to time be sure to check your vehicle's fluid levels. This includes the coolant, the liquid used in the cooling system. If it is found the coolant reservoir is low it is probable there is a leak, either internally or externally. Depending on what's happening with your car you'll likely experience one of the following.

White Exhaust Smoke

If coolant is leaking inside the engine it will generally end up being burned up in the combustion chamber. If this occurs your vehicle will produce ample amounts of white exhaust smoke.

Visible Coolant Leak

Coolant is usually bright green in color and has a very sweet smell. Should you find a liquid matching this description under your car it would appear you've just found a coolant leak. Head to the auto shop immediately to prevent additional engine damages. In many cases a leak will occur from a rubber hose, which is easy and inexpensive to replace.

If you believe your vehicle is suffering from cooling system trouble don't hesitate having further diagnostics conducted, as putting off repairs can cause major engine damage. For expert cooling system and radiator repair in Corona visit the team at Harvey's Autotech. Our expert auto repair technicians will quickly identify and fix any trouble your car or truck may have. Give us a call at (951) 432-5373 to schedule superior auto repair in Corona today.


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