Heater Core Leakage Can Lead to Expensive Repairs
A fully functioning car heater is without a doubt a great comfort to have in the winter months. Unfortunately a car heater failure can quickly lead to some expensive repairs that may or may not be within your budget, which is why it is important to service your car once you start noticing some signs. Before we discuss what could cause a broken heating system it helps to know just how your heater core works.
The heater core of the car works with the engine’s cooling system. The cooling system removes heat from the engine by sending heated up anti-freeze to your cars radiator. Outside air is able to get inside the radiator which helps cool the anti-freeze. After this the heated up anti-freeze goes back into the engine and is circulated by the radiator and heater hoses through the cooling system. Anti-freeze is constantly being circulated inside your car regardless of whether or not you have the heater turned on.
Once the heater is turned on the ac fan circulates the heated air inside your car. If you have the heater turned on and it is blowing cold air or nothing at all then it is usually caused by anti-freeze leakage.
So how can you tell if your vehicle is leaking anti-freeze?
If you think your car is leaking anti-freeze then check the interior of the car. You may notice the floorboard of the passenger seat is damp and you may smell a sweet odor. The main cause for the leakage is usually rust being built up due to lack of coolant system flushes.
Depending on how long you’ve had this issue could determine how much the repair is going to be. Attempting to fix the problem yourself may lead to some issues since it can be a difficult task for some. Let the mechanics at 2J’s Automotive give your car a free diagnostic test, $80 value, and help you figure out what specific repairs need to be made to your cars heating system. Waiting too long will not only be more expensive for you but it will be a huge inconvenience once it starts getting colder. Contact us with any questions you may have or feel free to call us at 817-232-9866.