If your car's cooling system seems to mulfanction, it could lead to severe problems—including engine damage. That's why it's essential to be aware of the signs that your cooling system may be in trouble, so you can take action before it's too late.
Here are the top signs the cooling system is in trouble
1. Engine is overheating
If the engine temperature gauge reads higher than the average reading or steam comes under the hood, the engine is overheating. Continued overheating can cause engine damage which also affects the cooling system. Such problems need immediate response to avoid more damage.
2. Leaking coolant
If your car is leaking coolant, it signifies a leak in your cooling system. Coolant leaks can mean holes in the radiator or a loose connection between the cooling system and the hoses. Such issues need professional help so that they may find the cause of the leakage.
3. Low coolant level
If your vehicle's coolant level is low, it could signify a leak in the cooling system. Symptoms of low coolant level include a temperature rise, car heater problem, increased fuel consumption, or antifreeze smell. It could also mean the cooling system isn't functioning as expected and therefore need repairs.
4. Overheating in traffic
Many ignore that fact, but if your vehicle only overheats while in traffic, your radiator may be clogged, or the radiator fan may be broken. When driving, normal airflow cools down the coolant, which is the opposite in a dormant state. Overheating traffic could also result from a stuck thermostat and a low coolant level.
5. The temperature gauge reads higher than usual
A temperature gauge reading higher than usual could mean a problem with the cooling system, radiator, hoses, and hose cap. It could also mean your coolant is leaking or evaporating. A broken thermostat can also cause a higher reading on the temperature gauge.
6. Steam from under the hood
If steam comes from under the hood, it's a sign of overheating. In such cases, you must pull over and turn off the engine to prevent more damage.
We encourage you to bring the vehicle to Complete Automotive if you experience any of the signs above and need it checked or repaired. We will diagnose and fix any problem to get your vehicle working again.