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auto maintenance February 10, 2018

Signs of a Coolant Leak

When you are traveling around the streets of Burke, VA and everything with your vehicle seems to be working just fine, then suddenly it’s not. What happened? Did you run over something, did something come loose, what else could have happened? Unfortunately the list of possibilities is vast, but the good news is, our trained technicians at Wiygul Automotive Clinic can fix the problem.

The engine in your car, truck or SUV relies on the cooling system to keep it at an operable temperature. The thermostat, radiator, fan, water pump, pressure cap and several hoses all work together to keep the engine running smoothly and safely. When there is a problem with part of the overall system, the effects are likely to rear their ugly heads quickly and harshly. In a matter of just moments, your vehicle can overheat — which can cause more problems than simply waiting on the side of the road for it to cool down.

When the engine overheats, it’s more than just a little bit warmer than normal. When the temperature of your engine rises to the point of “overheating” that is a dramatic increase in temperature that can lead to significant engine damage. This is not meant to scare you, only to warn you about the impending threat of an overheating engine.

If at all possible, you should always do what you can to prevent the vehicle from reaching the overheating point. Pay attention to the gauge inside the vehicle. If you notice that the heat coming from the vents is not as warm as it was, or that the gauge is slowly creeping upward, pull over and call for assistance. Also, pay attention to signs of dripping coolant or antifreeze beneath your vehicle. Even a few small drips can be indicative of a much larger problem that is brewing — just waiting for the most inconvenient time to pop up.

For a complete system check, stop in and see us today at Wiygul Automotive Clinic. Our trained technicians will have you safely back on the road in no time.

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