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Most Common Symptoms of Radiator Trouble

The cooling system in your vehicle has a very important task, to keep the engine cool so it doesn't melt itself from the inside out. The cooling system, made up of the radiator, water pump, thermostat and a variety of other parts, is integral to the overall operation of the vehicle, so it is necessary to pay attention to any signs that it is experiencing trouble. If you notice any of the following issues be sure to visit your local auto shop for cooling system repair.

Rising Temperature Gauge

The temperature gauge gives you a dashboard view of the engine operating temperature. If you ever notice the needle pointing to the hot zone you will want to pull over and let your car cool down.

White Steam

If you miss the rising temperature gauge then it is likely the next issue that you will encounter is white steam pouring out from under the hood. This is a clear sign that your vehicle is currently overheating. Pull over as soon as it is safe and legal to do so, so that you can contact a mechanic for further advice.

Low Coolant Levels

From time to time it is smart to check the fluids in your car to ensure they are full. This includes the coolant. If you find that the coolant levels are low then there is a good chance that you will also experience one of the following issues.

White Exhaust Smoke

White exhaust smoke coming out of the tailpipe is an indication of coolant being burned up in the combustion chamber. This can be an indication of pretty serious engine trouble so it is critical to get to a repair shop sooner than later to prevent the issue from growing worse.

Visible Coolant Leak

Of course, should you spot a sweet smelling, brightly colored (usually green) liquid dripping from the front of your car, then you've just discovered a coolant leak. Nothing should ever be leaking from your car, so if you notice a drip of any sort, be sure to visit your local auto repair shop for further diagnostics and repair.

Be sure to keep up with routine cooling system maintenance to help prevent troubles. For professional cooling system and radiator repair in Morgan Hill visit the team at Fred's Foreign and Domestic Car Repair. Our auto repair technicians are experts at diagnosing and fixing all types of problems. Call (408) 706-7318 to request more information or to schedule superior auto repair in Morgan Hill or the surrounding area!


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