Dealing with Coolant Leaks
Leaks can occur just about anywhere in your car’s coolant system. Although leaks are never a good thing, it does help that they can be easily identified. The leak can often be seen dripping or spraying from a loose or leaky component.
You may need to get under the car to locate the leak. The radiator contains much of the antifreeze and if there is a hole or crack somewhere in the hoses or radiator that is where you will find your leak.
Note: Car coolant is often identified with a red or greenish liquid that has a sweet odor to it. Although the smell may be sweet, antifreeze is very toxic and can contaminate the environment if not disposed of properly.
The first sign of trouble usually comes in the form of engine overheating. Once you’ve noticed the overheating problem it’s time to inspect the components to see if something is amiss. See if you can identify the leak first and if not then check the hoses one at a time.
If nothing seems wrong with the hoses and the leak still hasn’t been located then identify and inspect the following components:
- Water pump
- Heater core
- Freeze plugs
- Gasket head
Over time these parts will wear out and can result in a leak. Sometimes a part can just be resealed which can solve the leak problem. If this is the case then be sure this is done before you flush the coolant and refill it.
Tip: It’s important to always check coolant levels when the engine is turned off and cold.
Parts that need to be removed, disassembled, or replaced may take more time and money in order to get it fixed. However many of these problems can be avoided by regularly checking your coolant levels. A safe practice would be to check them every time you have your oil changed.
If you’re unfamiliar with troubleshooting your heating and coolant problems then bring your car in to 2J’s Automotive and let our certified mechanics take care of it for you. We work on all makes and models both foreign and domestic and we can take care of the problems you’re experiencing.
A free diagnostic test (valued at $80) will help us locate the problem so we can give you proper services and repairs you need. Call us at 817-232-9866 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.