How to know if you need coolant in your car?
It is important to know when your car needs coolant so that you can prevent damage to your engine and keep it running properly. Your coolant helps regulate the temperature of your engine and keeps it from overheating. Here are a few signs that you may need to add coolant to your car.
1. Check the Temperature Gauge: The first sign that you may need coolant is if your car’s temperature gauge is higher than normal. When your engine is running, the temperature gauge should typically remain in the middle or slightly lower than the middle. If it is higher, then it may be a sign that your engine is running too hot, which can indicate that you need to add coolant.
2. Check for Leaks: Look underneath your car for any signs of leaking coolant. Coolant typically has a bright green or orange color and will leave a stain on the ground if it is leaking. If you notice any signs of leaking coolant, then it is important to add more coolant to your car.
3. Listen for Unusual Noises: If your engine is running low on coolant, it can cause it to make unusual noises while running. If you hear any loud knocking or ticking noises coming from your engine, then this could be a sign that you need to add more coolant.
4. Smell for Sweet Odors: When coolant is overheating, it can emit a sweet odor that is easily noticeable. If you smell a sweet odor coming from your engine, then it is a sign that you should check your coolant levels and add more if necessary.
Knowing when you need to add coolant to your car is an important part of proper car maintenance. By paying attention to any of these signs, you can prevent damage to your engine and keep it running properly.
Buddy started his auto career journey at Butte College and started his own auto repair company in 2007. Since then he has worked on countless cars, diagnosing, repairing, and replacing worn, faulty, and broken parts.
After a few years, he moved to a bigger shop to accommodate his growth and to better serve the Chico, CA community. It’s a family-owned & operated business.
Outside of work Buddy enjoys spending time with his family and playing softball is one of his many passions.