Coolant leaks can occur anywhere in the cooling system.

Nine out of ten times, coolant leaks are easy to find because the coolant can be seen:

  • Dripping
  • Spraying
  • Seeping
  • Or just bubbling
Coolant Leaks
Coolant Leaks

The first symptom of trouble is usually engine overheating. But your car may also have a Low Coolant indicator lamp. If you suspect your vehicle has a coolant leak, open the hood and visual inspection. Check the engine and cooling system for any sign of liquid leaking from the engine, radiator or hoses. The color of the coolant may be green, orange or yellow depending on the type of antifreeze in the system. You may also notice a sweet smell, which is a characteristic odor of ethylene glycol antifreeze.

Most car owners find out they’ve got an engine coolant leak either from a:

  • Low coolant warning light
  • Your vehicle starting to overheat

As a result, Allowing your engine to overheat is one of the quickest way to do damage to your vehicle’s engine and end up with a hefty repair bill.  Consequently, Allowing your car to overheat is second only to running your engine with low oil in its ability to do quick damage.

The most common causes of overheating are broken water pump drive belts and low coolant levels.  So, The best way to prevent a broken water pump belt is to make sure you change the belt at your manufacturer’s recommended intervals and to take the time to listen to your car for signs of bad bearings in your water pump.

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So, The best way to avoid low coolant levels is to regularly check your coolant level and inspect your engine bay for signs of a coolant leak.  Once you’ve discovered a leak, either by lowering coolant levels or from evidence of a leak, you have to identify where the leak is coming from so you can seal the leak and keep your car from overheating.