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Coolant Leaks: A Silent, But Deadly, Auto Issue

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Automobiles require a variety of fluids to run smoothly, such as high-quality coolant. A sneaky coolant leak may cause a multitude of operational issues that aren't noticeable until it's too late. So car owners need to understand how to spot these problems and when professional help is necessary.

Coolant Leaks Cause Many Engine Issues

Coolant leaks typically occur over an extended period and may be hard to notice. Some drivers will run their car for days or even weeks without realizing that they have no coolant. In this situation, these individuals are likely causing severe problems with their vehicle.
For example, low coolant will cause an engine to run hot and may cause automatic shutoff to protect the car. All that excessive heat also causes damage to various parts of the engine, including water pumps, cylinders, head gaskets, and connector rods. Even worse, there are many possible contributing factors to this problem that can be hard to diagnose.
For example, some coolant leaks occur because the radiator cap is too loose. This problem is quite easy to fix by simply tightening the cap. But more problematic issues may also trigger extensive and harder-to-fix leaks. These issues occur throughout various parts of the coolant system and the motor and require a comprehensive inspection to spot.

Areas to Check for Leaks

If your car keeps running out of coolant, you should have a professional check over the engine to spot signs of a leak. Start by looking at the hose that connects the coolant tank to the engine. The location of this hose will vary depending on the vehicle type, but it is usually easy to find. This hose may slip off the end of the connecting rods or develop breaks along its length that disrupts coolant flow.  
Next, check the radiator at the front of the engine for potential leaks at the seams. These leaks typically occur either at the welded spots or near other edges of the radiator. Leaks like these can often be fixed by applying a little engine sealant along the sides. More serious leaks along these edges may require more specialized repair techniques.
If the seams on the radiator are fine, check the coolant tank itself to spot any holes or leaks. These leaks typically occur along the sides and the bottoms and vary in size depending on the severity of the leak. If you need to replace the coolant tank, don't attempt to do so by yourself. The complexity of the repair is typically beyond an amateur car owner's level.
When the coolant tank isn't the problem, internal issues with the coolant system and the engine may be to blame. For example, a damaged gasket or misplaced cylinder head can trigger severe coolant leaks that put a motor at risk. Problems with these areas - and others, like the fan on the water pump - often require a lot of work.

Professional Help Is Beneficial

After you spot a coolant leak, you should either take steps to repair the problem or call a professional. Minor issues, such as breaks in a hose, should be easy enough for most people to fix without help. However, more serious problems - such as internal leaks in the air pump or in the coolant system - are much too advanced for an amateur to handle on their own.
As a result, anyone in this position should call Frankie & Dylan's Complete Collision & Custom Repair right away to set up an inspection and repair appointment. Our professional mechanics understand all of the problems that cause coolant leaks and will work as hard as possible to identify the leak at its source. Then, we will work to get the issue fixed as quickly and effectively as possible.