You don’t want to ruin your summer by driving a car with a malfunctioning cooling system. Especially since a broken cooling system will overheat the engine. The radiator is one of the most crucial components of your vehicle’s cooling system.
If your radiator starts leaking without your knowledge, it could spell big trouble. So today, the ASE-certified technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive in Sandy Springs, Georgia are going to tell you exactly what you need to know in order to identify a radiator leak.
Drop in Coolant Level
Running between the radiator and the engine is a fluid called coolant. Its job is to absorb excess heat from the engine. Coolant levels slowly drop over time, but if there’s a radiator leak, you will probably notice a drastic drop in coolant levels.
Rising Temperature Gauge
Typically located right next to your fuel gauge, your engine’s temperature gauge could start rising quickly or consistently higher and higher as you drive if there’s a radiator leak. When this happens, it signifies your engine is starting to overheat. Most of the time, there’s also a drop in the coolant level when this happens.
Discolorations or Corrosion
Discoloration of the radiator and corrosion is a side effect of coolant discharge. If this happens you can minimize additional damage by washing the affected areas with water and then taking your vehicle to your local Sandy Springs auto repair experts.
Puddles Underneath the Engine
When the radiator is leaking, there’s generally a puddle of fluid under the engine when the car is parked. Although there are different varieties and colors for engine coolant, they are all slimy and brightly colored. If you see a puddle, clean it up immediately because it is very toxic.
Notice any of these signs of a radiator leak in your vehicle? If your answer is yes, contact the knowledgeable technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive in Sandy Springs, GA today. We’ll get you set up with an appointment to check your radiator and the rest of your cooling system inside and out. See the nice difference!