What Are the Signs of a Cooling System Problem?

Every time you run your car, your engine heats up from combustion. The heat that is generated can sometimes reach unbearable temperatures. Consequently, every vehicle is built with a cooling system to prevent the engine from overheating. The cooling system functions by expelling excess heat from the engine. Without the cooling system, you wouldn't get very far with your car.


The cooling system contains many parts that work together. Some of the parts include the Radiator, Fan, Thermostat, Water Pump,and Freeze Plug.  If any of these items break down, it will compromise the entire system and endanger the engine. The good news is that it is relatively straightforward to detect problems within the cooling system. 


Signs of a Cooling System Failure

Smoke Coming From the Hood

If you notice smoke appearing from your vehicle's hood, it is highly advised that you pull over on the side of the road. You will need to inspect the elements underneath the hood. To temporarily fix the problem, you can add coolant or water to bring down the internal temperature as you wait to get to our shop. Failure to take action immediately may cause damages such as a blown head gasket or worse.


Ascending Temperature Gauge

You may notice that the needle will spring up to the red zone (sometimes indicated with the letter "H" for Hot) on your dashboard. Most of the time, this is an obvious indication of cooling system failure.


Low Coolant Level

If your coolant levels run lower than the minimum amount required, it may mean you have a faulty cooling system. Your cooling system will need to be assessed by an auto professional.


White Exhaust Smoke

An overheating car can occasionally give off white exhaust smoke. The white vapor might be a result of a coolant burn in the motor's combustion chamber. Nevertheless, it is enough reason to worry since it could signify a crack in the engine block.


Proper care and maintenance of the cooling system are vital to ensure you get safely from point a to point b. If you require cooling system repairs, GermanTech MotorWorks LLC would be glad to assist you. Our technicians are trained and experienced in repairing all the complex systems within your automobile. Give us a call or stop by our shop today.