Is Your Car Due for Cooling System or Radiator Repair?
Within moments of starting your vehicle the engine is operating at extremely high temperatures. If it were not for a proper working cooling system the engine would essentially melt itself. By keeping up with routine maintenance, which includes coolant flushes, you generally won't have to worry about this happening, but if you notice any of the following problems be sure to visit your local auto repair shop.
Rising Temperature Gauge
The dashboard temperature gauge provides the driver a first warning should the cooling system begin to fail. If you notice the temperature rising into the red zone be sure to pull over as soon as possible to let the engine cool.
If you miss the rising temp gauge it is likely the next sign of cooling system trouble you will likely encounter is white steam coming up from underneath the hood. This is a clear sign of overheating, which can be disastrous for the engine. Pull over right away and contact your local auto shop.
Low Coolant Levels
It is always a good idea to check your vehicle's fluid levels every so often. If you notice that the coolant level is low there is a good chance there is a leak, which can lead to engine damage. You can determine if the leak is internal or external if you experience either of the following problems.
White Exhaust Smoke
If coolant is being burnt up in the combustion chamber due to an internal coolant leak there is a good chance that there is an internal coolant leak. Unfortunately this may mean that your vehicle will require more extensive repair to get it back into a healthy state.
Visible Coolant Leak
Have you spotted a bright green, maple syrup smelling, liquid in your driveway? This would be coolant, also known as antifreeze. This is the fluid that keeps the cooling system working as it should. Insufficient levels of coolant will lead to overheating and engine damage. If you ever notice anything dripping from your car be sure to visit your local auto repair facility.
Don't hesitate to contact an auto repair shop if you believe your car is suffering from cooling system trouble. For expert cooling system or radiator repair in Birmingham, AL, head to HESCO Automotive. We offer quality, full service auto repair for all makes and models. If your car is due for any type of auto repair in Birmingham give us a call at (205) 526-3796 to make an appointment.
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