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HOW CAN I TELL IF I NEED COOLING SYSTEM REPAIR?

The cooling system has one tough job. It is designed to regulate the operating temperature of the engine to ensure that it does not get too hot, because if it does the motor could suffer some major damage. The cooling system consists of a radiator, cooling fan, water pump, thermostat and a series of hoses in which coolant, or antifreeze, passes through. If any of these parts begin to have some trouble it could lead to overheating troubles, or worse. Pay attention for these signs it is time for cooling system or radiator repair.

Rising Temperature Gauge

The temperature gauge on your dashboard monitors the operating temp of the engine. Be sure to watch this gauge; if it starts creeping into the hot zone pull over right away. This means your car is about to overheat. Give it a break and let the engine cool down. You may need to add water to the radiator to prevent the issue from happening again. Talk to a mechanic about your options.

White Steam Coming from the Hood

If white steam is coming out from under the hood it likely means that your car is currently overheating. This is dangerous for your engine. Pull over right away and contact a mechanic about what to do next. They may advise that you get a tow truck depending on your car’s symptoms.

Low Coolant Levels

From time to time it is important to check your coolant levels, but only do so when the engine is cold. If you find the level to be low you will likely encounter one of the following issues as well.

White Exhaust Smoke

White exhaust smoke can indicate serious engine trouble. It often means that coolant is being burnt up inside the combustion chamber. This may be due to a variety of reasons, but none of them are good. Get to an auto repair shop as soon as possible for proper a diagnosis and repair.

Visible Coolant Leak

If you can spot a green liquid collecting under your car where it is parked it means it is leaking coolant. It may be coming from the radiator, a hose or elsewhere in the system. Contact a mechanic for professional repair.

Lake City Auto Care is your source for professional cooling system or radiator repair in Coeur d’Alene! Our expert technicians offer full service auto repair for all makes and models. Give us a call at (208) 772-1450 to schedule expert auto repair in Coeur d’Alene or the surrounding area today!

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