4 Common Signs of a Radiator Leak

4 Common Signs of a Radiator LeakVehicle engines operate at extremely high temperatures which is why a cooling system is necessary in order to keep them from overheating and failing. Traditional cooling systems include a radiator and a system of hoses in which cooling fluid, called coolant or antifreeze, circulates through. If the system springs a leak it puts your engine at risk of running too hot which could cause many problems, including a blown head gasket or a cracked block. If your temperature gauge creeps toward the red zone check for these signs that you need cooling system or radiator repair.

Radiator Discoloration

Pop the hood and look for spotting on the radiator or around the engine. If a leak is allowing coolant to come out and land on the radiator or other hot spots on the engine it will boil off and leave behind spots which will likely begin to quickly rust.

Low Coolant Levels

Part of your routine auto maintenance should include checking the coolant fluid reservoir to make sure it is full. If it isn't it means that fluid is escaping during vehicle operation. Have your mechanic look over the system to identify the leak location and have it repaired.

White Exhaust Smoke

If you do find that the coolant levels are low you may notice that there is white exhaust smoke coming out of your vehicle. This generally indicates that coolant is being burnt up in the engine due to a leak and expelled out of the tailpipe.

Leaking Coolant Fluid

If you find a puddle of a green, sweet smelling, liquid under your vehicle you have just discovered a coolant leak. Leaks may spring from a hose or from the radiator itself. It is important to have it repaired as soon as possible in order to prevent your vehicle from overheating, which will definitely lead to numerous engine problems.

Furthermore, if you can't see any visual cues that your vehicle is having trouble have a mechanic check out the thermostat to ensure it is working properly as well. Should you find that it is time for radiator repair in Kingman or Prescott head to Advanced Transmission Rebuilding. We specialize in transmission services, but we offer expert, bumper to bumper auto repair at both of our locations. Give us a call at the location nearest you to request auto repair in Kingman or Prescott today!

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