What are symptoms of cooling system trouble?

What are symptoms of cooling system trouble?


As soon as you fire up your vehicle, your engine temperature begins ascending. With a healthy cooling system, you'll have the necessary mechanisms to ensure the heat doesn't reach dangerous levels. But if your cooling system isn't working properly, then your engine could be at risk of serious damage due to overheating. At Absolut Autoworks, our local mechanics can expertly diagnose and repair your vehicle's cooling system problems. Don't hesitate to call us if you notice any of the following symptoms of cooling system failure.

Common Signs of Cooling System Trouble

One of the better-known signs of overheating is that steam is rising up from under the hood. This can happen when coolant reaches its boiling point. If you're in a situation where you have to check/add coolant, make sure you're parked safely away from traffic. Also, it's very important that your engine thoroughly cools down before you open the cap to add coolant. If you open the cap before the engine cools, then scaldingly hot fluid may spray you.

Another red flag is that your temperature gauge has climbed into the red zone. When this happens, it's best to find a safe place to park where you can call up the shop and explain what's going on. Then you can get advice on whether or not your vehicle seems like it should be driven any further.

In a lot of cases, engine overheating results from leaks in the cooling system. If you check your coolant and it has gotten particularly low, then you may be dealing with a leak. If you find a bright green fluid accumulating on the ground where your vehicle has been parked, then you've got evidence of an external coolant leak. However, your coolant may be another color, such as orange, pink, or yellow. With an internal coolant leak, you may notice white exhaust smoke, which is a symptom of a blown head gasket.

Cooling System Repair in Sterling, VA

When you need auto repair in Sterling, VA, contact Absolut Autoworks at (703) 437-1607. At our nearby auto shop, we can expertly complete any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs. Feel free to give us a call today to make an appointment!


Absolut Autoworks Blog
Posted: August 22, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ