A Low Power Trip: Problems With Radiator Fluid

Radiator Fluid

Make Sure Your Radiator is Properly Filled With Water and Coolant Before You Drive!

Radiator fluid plays an important role in the operation of your car. Without this critical yellow liquid, you may face reduced functionality as your drive. Look for any of the following signs to let you know if you could be too low on radiator fluid.

Symptom #1: Fluid Leak

As we mentioned in one of our previous posts, an simple sign of radiator fluid issues is a visible leak emanating from your car. Radiator fluid is general yellow in color. You might not notice the effects of a leak immediately, but make sure you talk with a mechanic as soon as you detect a leak. Otherwise, you could be facing additional, more severe problems with your vehicle.

Symptom #2: Smell

When your radiator starts running low on coolant, your engine will slowly start to overheat. You may detect a burning smell coming from your car, a sign that you definitely need to speak with your trusted mechanic. Again, the sooner you have your vehicle serviced, the more serious problems you’ll avoid in the future.

Symptom #3: Loss of Power

This symptom is usually the result of delaying your service visit for too long. If your vehicle goes too long without radiator coolant, your engine may start to suffer from reduced functionality and (ultimately) power loss. If your engine starts to cut out, turn on your hazard lights and try to make your way to the nearest car service. If that’s not possible, you’ll have to get a tow.

Hopefully you’ll never find yourself in this situation, but if you encounter these symptoms of low radiator fluid, make sure you talk with your mechanic as soon as possible. For more information, or to schedule a checkup, feel free to phone our experts at 734-429-2886.