When you really understand what is happening inside a standard combustion engine, it’s fascinating. Repeated, controlled explosions are happening every second and that’s what provides power to your car, truck or SUV. Needless to say, this process generates a lot of heat and therefore your vehicle needs a good cooling system.
Without the cooling system working properly, your engine will overheat and ultimately fail. This can cost you thousands of dollars in engine repairs or a complete engine replacement if it is not dealt with early on.
Some older cars and specialty vehicles may use an air-cooled system, but most will have a fluid-based cooling system. The key components of the traditional cooling system are the radiator, the radiator coolant (aka “antifreeze”), the water pump, the head gasket, the transmission cooler, the heater core and various fans, belts and hoses. If any one component fails, it can lead to major problems.
Below are some of the common signs you can look out for that you might have a cooling system problem. If you live in the Fairbanks area and are noticing any of these issues, bring your vehicle into Simard Automotive for a professional diagnosis and expert cooling system repairs.
Here’s what you should look out for:
Check Engine Light – This can illuminate for any number of reasons, and a failing cooling system component could be one of them.
Engine Overheating –If your engine overheats (especially if it happens more than once), there is likely a cooling system problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Temperature Gauge Running Hot – Even if your vehicle doesn’t officially overheat, you can watch the temperature gauge. If it is starting to run hotter than usual, then it is worth getting the cooling system looked at.
Engine Revving Loudly –If your engine seems to be running louder or at higher RPMs than usual, any number of issues could be the cause including a cooling system problem.
Smoke or Steam –Usually one of the side effects of an overheating engine is steam coming out from under the hood. Actual smoke/fire could be an electrical problem or an engine that is already way beyond the basic overheating. If you ever see or smell smoke coming from your car, get off the road immediately, get to safety and call for help!
These are just a few signs that you are having cooling system problems. Simard Automotive is here to help. Call one of our Fairbanks shops today at (855) 690-0889 (5100 Aeronca Ave.) or (855) 639-5001 (768 Gaffney Rd.), or schedule your next service appointment online.