Identifying the Problem with Your Car’s Coolant System
Understanding that problems can occur in your car’s coolant system is one thing. Understanding what the problem is and how it happened is an entirely different story. A faulty coolant system can eventually cause your vehicle’s engine to overheat and that can quickly escalate and cause a number of different issues to come up.
Noticing something is wrong with your car is the first step when addressing your coolant system. You should first check to see if your ‘Check Engine’ light is on which it should be if you suspect something is wrong. The next obvious sign is that your car will be hotter than usual. Either the A/C or heater isn’t producing air at the right temperature or your engine will start to overheat.
Note: In some vehicles you may be able to notice you aren’t getting the same gas mileage that you should be.
Another simple thing to look for that is often overlooked is leaks. Leaks are one of the first things you should check for as well. Check underneath your car to see if you can spot any puddles building up in place you park your car for extended periods of time. The bottom line is if you see a leak then it is going to be the source of your problem.
If you suspect a problem with your coolant then remember to check for these three things first, not necessarily in this order:
- Check to see if the ‘Check Engine’ light is on
- Check your coolant levels if your car is hotter than usual, or if it’s not producing hot or cold enough air
- Inspect your car for leaks
If the problem still persists then it may be a little more complicated than originally expected. In that case bring your car in to 2J’s Automotive so the expert mechanics can make sure everything is running properly. After giving it a free diagnostic test ($80 value) they will assess the problem and offer your advice on the next step.
Call us at 817-232-9866 if you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment.