Keeping Your Cool (Coolant leak repair)Posted August 29, 2021 7:03 AM
If there’s one thing you should pay attention to with your vehicle, it’s the temperature gauge. It’s the one that may say C---H (that means “cold---hot”). Or maybe yours has a picture of a thermometer on it and a blue and red zone. If you see the needle heading farther to the “H” or red area, that means your vehicle’s engine is running hotter than it normally does.
One of the most common causes of an engine running hot is a leak in your cooling system. Maybe you’ve seen puddles of coolant under your vehicle, or you’ve smelled the coolant, either inside or outside your vehicle (it has a sort of “sweet” or fruity smell). That’s your engine giving you a warning signal that it’s time to head over to your repair facility to find out what’s going on.
Your vehicle’s coolant can leak for several reasons. You may have hoses that are deteriorating (heat and age take their toll). It’s possible the pump that circulates coolant has developed a problem (seals and bearings can fail from heat and wear). You may have something as simple as a bad radiator cap. Or your radiator or heater core may have holes in it.
If your coolant is leaking out, this can cause serious damage to your engine if you just let it go. Your engine could get so hot that some of the metal parts start to warp. Sometimes, your coolant can start mixing in with your engine oil. That can result in a very expensive repair if it gets to that stage, so have it checked out before that happens.
A technician will visually inspect your coolant system, including the reservoir tank, check hoses and fittings, test the water pump, and also may pressure test the radiator. When the problem or problems are found, they will replace the necessary parts and get you back on the road.
When it comes to a coolant leak, finding the cause can be tricky. But it’s important to catch a cooling system issue in time—before your engine sustains more serious damage. Now, that’s pretty cool.
East Coast Automotive Services
ArchiveSeptember 2020 (17)
October 2020 (4)
November 2020 (5)
December 2020 (4)
January 2021 (6)
February 2021 (4)
March 2021 (4)
April 2021 (4)
May 2021 (5)
June 2021 (4)
July 2021 (4)
August 2021 (5)
September 2021 (3)
CategoriesAlignment (1)Auto Safety (1)Automotive News (1)Battery (2)Brakes (1)Cabin Air Filter (1)Check Engine Light (1)Cooling System (2)Diagnostics (1)Drive Train (1)Exhaust (2)Fluids (1)Fuel Economy (2)Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down (1)Fuel System (7)Maintenance (7)Monitoring System (2)Oil Change (2)Parts (2)Safety (1)Service Intervals (1)Service Standards (1)Shocks & Struts (3)Steering (4)Timing Belt (1)Tire Rotation and Balancing (1)Tires and Wheels (6)Transmission (2)What Customers Should Know (10)Windshield Wipers (1)
Most honest, reputable, friendly and professional people around! These are our 'go to' people here in Florida!!!! Great all around service. Thank you for all you do.
Liz Wezwick, 09/08/2021
Very helpful techs and quick turn around to get the ac installed. Had the unit 1 month and everything is running great. Would definitely refer to others.
Jessica Jimenez PT, DPT, MTC, CSRS, 08/24/2021
My experience was impeccable from start to finish. The Sales Representative was professional, knowledgeable and made an excellent recommendation for the replacement of my unit. The replacement cost for my unit was within my budget. The unit was installed as scheduled. The installers did a flawless job. They were exceptional and didn’t take any short cuts. They were experts. My home is very comfortable. I appreciate ECM and recommend them highly.
Mercy Selver, 07/28/2021