Diagnosing Your Car Coolant Problems

Engine overheating is something no one wants to deal with and often times it happens when you least expect it. You’re driving down the road and all of the sudden you notice steam coming out from underneath the hood. When this happens you need to pull over and let your car cool down because it’s been running hotter than it should.

Overheating can come as a result from multiple things malfunctioning in your cooling system but low coolant is the likely culprit. Your vehicle requires several fluids in order to operate but the coolant is most important in extreme temperatures.

Note: The purpose of coolant is to distribute engine heat. When absent, components burn up and break down since there is no longer lubrication.

The first thing you want to check is the coolant temperature gauge. If it’s abnormally high or in the red then something could be wrong with the radiator or you could just have low coolant levels.

When safe, open up the hood and check the coolant to see if it needs to be topped off. In extreme situations water can be used as a coolant but it isn’t advised for the long term. Over time it can cause engine corrosion but if you’re stranded or have no other choice then it will serve as a temporary solution.

It’s possible you have a coolant leak. Check underneath your vehicle for puddles and if it’s a greenish color and smells sweet then you’ll know it’s coolant. If no leak is present then make sure all hoses are plugged in and connected to the proper components. You could have a problem with your radiator or thermostat.

If you ever need any help then you can always count on us at 2J’s Automotive. All of our technicians are certified and we work on all makes and models both foreign and domestic. We will take care of your coolant and heating system problems so your engine doesn’t overheat again.

A free diagnostic test ($80 value) will help us isolate the problem so we can give the best service and repair that your vehicle needs. Call us at 817-232-9866 to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.

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