Coolant Problems and What They Mean

2J's Automotive offers FREE diagnostic testing - other shops charge up to $80

2J’s Automotive offers FREE diagnostic testing – other shops charge up to $80

Your car’s coolant is one of the many important fluids required for your vehicle to operate properly. Without coolant the temperatures can get into the extremes and parts and components can be compromised. As we enter the dog days of summer it’s never too late to check up on your vehicle’s cooling and heating system.

The purpose of coolant is to allow your engine to run at extreme temperatures. It helps to prevent the engine from overheating or freezing up.

Tip: Water is technically a coolant but doesn’t work as well as the man-made formula because it won’t last as long and causes more damage to the inner parts of the engine.

Many problems with the cooling and heating system start in the form of leaks. This should help you determine whether or not the leak will be easy or difficult to repair. Locating the leak will enable you to determine the best way to get to it and seal it.

Start with the easy fixes and go up from there. After a drive open up the hood while everything is still running relatively warm. If you see steam rising from a hose then that could be your problem right there. The hose should be replaced and tested to make sure the rising steam ceases.

You should then inspect other components to make sure leaks are nonexistent. Check the water pump, gasket, and radiator to make sure coolant isn’t leaking out of any areas. If you’ve checked everywhere but the problem still persists then you may have a more difficult task at hand.

Coolant leaking onto the passenger side cabin is usually a clear problem with your heater core and it more than likely should be replaced. This job is usually reserved for the professionals and in that case you should bring your vehicle to 2J’s Automotive in Fort Worth.

Our certified mechanics work on all makes and models both foreign and domestic and have the know-how to get your vehicle back in working order. We will ask you about the problem you’re experiencing and then give your car a FREE diagnostic test ($80 value) to find the location of the problem and then get to work.

Call us at 817-232-9866 if you have any questions or would like to set up a time to come in.

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