A vehicle’s engine produces a lot of power and heat when it is running. In order to keep the engine running efficiently, it is necessary to ensure that it does not get overheated, or it might get impaired or break down altogether. To keep the engine running smoothly, an efficacious coolant system is ensconced along with it.
HOW IT WORKS
The coolant system’s primary function is to run the coolant throughout the engine through various pipes and hoses which ultimately cools the engine down. An engine cannot run effectively at low temperatures. It causes the engine’s components to wear out faster and also makes the engine emit more pollution. Hence, another critical function of a coolant system is to increase the temperature of an engine as quickly as possible and bring it to its optimum level and then maintain it at that level.
A coolant liquid is usually mixed with an antifreeze and is made to run through the engine. This liquid expands as it absorbs the heat when the engine starts heating up and moves towards the radiator which is located right behind the grill of the vehicle. This grill allows air to pass through, which in turn cools down the heated coolant. The coolant cools down and flows back to pass through the engine.
COMMON SIGNS OF A COOLANT LEAK
A coolant system is an assemblage of various components, therefore, any reason for its dysfunction may be attributed to one or more reasons. The most common signals of a damaged system can be easily diagnosed, like, the reading on the temperature gauge of the vehicle may show an increased temperature. You might, sometimes, spot a colored liquid leaked below your vehicle. This liquid may be green, orange or yellow, which is the color of the antifreeze. In a few cases, you may observe low temperature in the passenger’s compartment.
As soon as you notice any unusual signs in your vehicle, it should be taken to the nearest workshop for a thorough inspection. Any delays may lead to more wear out, more complications and unexpected break downs.