As Floridians, we all know the importance of a working coolant system in our cars. Because a coolant system failure is one of the leading causes of breakdowns today, we here at Clarke Automotive wanted to give you three things to be weary of when keeping your coolant system in check. We understand that you many not always need auto repair in Brandon FL, but if you do, you can rest assured that our experts will make things fast and easy for you so that you can get right back out on the road. If your coolant system does not receive regular maintenance, it is not a matter of if your system will fail, but when it will fail.
1. Overheating. This is one of the most noticeable symptoms of a coolant system failure. If your car overheats, it can cause serious damage to your engine - sometimes irreparable. If you notice your car overheating, always pull off to the side of the road as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the vehicle. Opening the hood of your vehicle can allow direct air flow, but never make an attempt to open the radiator cap / coolant reservoir.
2. Leaks. Have you noticed spots on your driveway under your car? Are you constantly putting coolant into your car? You likely have a leak somewhere that needs to be corrected as soon as possible. Not only does constant overheating put unnecessary stress on your engine, but the need to continuously put coolant into your car can add up to money you could be saving or spending elsewhere.
3. The Sweet Smell Of Antifreeze. Most people know or will know this smell at least once in their lifetime. You should be able to do a visual inspection of your vehicle's hoses, belts and the radiator to identify problems before they're amplified. Radiator leaks, noticeable bulging hoses, or damaged (frayed or cracked) belts all point to the coolant system needing some TLC.
If you notice any of the above, you should call Clarke Automotive immediately. Even if you just want to be able to identify these issues ahead of time, we are more than happy to show you around under the hood of your vehicle and walk you through simple maintenance that you can preform yourself.