Symptoms of a Malfunctioning Coolant System
Overheating is perhaps the most obvious symptom of a malfunctioning coolant system. If your engine is overheating, you’ve got a problem that needs to be dealt with right away. An engine that overheats for a prolonged period of time may blow its head gasket or seize up completely. Common causes include a damaged radiator fan, a damaged water pump, leaking coolant lines, and an engine oil leak. Old engine oil and coolant may also be at fault in certain situations.
Extreme Coolant Loss
If you’re constantly forced to refill your coolant reservoir, chances are your coolant isn’t absorbing as much heat as it was designed to do. Fresh coolant is good at not only absorbing heat but not boiling under intense pressure. When coolant gets old, after about 60 thousand miles or so, it loses its ability to hold out against such intense heat. Hence the coolant loss. If you’re certain your coolant is fresh, you may have a substantial leak. Check under your vehicle for coolant build-up.
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