Coolant leaking in your vehicle is something that needs immediate attention. Call or come by Kernersville Xpress Lube if you notice fluid leaking from your vehicle. Also come by if you have to keep adding coolant fluid to your engine.
How does a Car Stay Cool
The coolant system and the fluids you keep running through the engine are what keep your car cool. The coolant and water circulates through pipes that run through the radiator and engine. This prevents the engine from overheating, and allows it to cool down. Some coolant leaks in the engine are unexplainable. The coolant temperature rises and it expands so that excess coolant moves into a reservoir tank.
Coolant Leaking Issues
Drivers need to locate a coolant leak once they see that there is residue under the car. There are a few common causes for coolant leaks. They all vary in how severe they are, and how hard they are to repair. Many times drivers will notice that coolant has been spilling to the ground, and pooling underneath the car. Along with a lowered reservoir tank, this is evidence of a slow leak.
When the engine suddenly overheats, this may also indicate that you have a coolant leak. Causes for coolant leaking should usually be easy to determine, but there are times when there must be additional investigation. Coolant leaking could also give off a very distinct smell. It’s a good idea to continue checking the reservoir tank, occasionally, as you fill up with gas. The following are some causes for your engine’s coolant leaks.
The radiator cap may be leaking, because it’s not on tightly. Weak caps will permit coolant to overflow whenever it heats up. When the cap doesn’t fit properly there is a loss of pressure. It could also be the
wrong cap for that particular radiator, which also causes a lack of pressure. Leakage of the coolant is a result. Mechanics can easily perform a pressure test of the radiator caps to make sure your vehicle has the correct one.
Some coolant leaks are not visible underneath the car. Internal leaks are still leaks, but they are happening inside the engine parts. An example of this is when the reservoir tank constantly needs refilling. Another reason is when the coolant escapes the system through a leaky head gasket. The head or block leaks in the engine could also cause it.
The external leaks are easiest to recognize. From external leaks, the coolant spills out of the system. The car will overheat fairly soon after. Most of the time, external leaks are easy to find. It’s often a broken hose or holes in the radiator that causes the leak. Other times, there can be coolant leaking in a water pump or engine freeze plugs that allow the coolant to leak out. Coolant reservoirs can develop cracks, and underneath is where you will find the spilling coolant accumulating.