Did You Know This About Your Car’s Coolant Reservoir?
Friday, April 5, 2019
The coolant and radiator systems in most SUV’s, trucks, and cars in America are quite simplistic in their function and design. Typically, a coolant is placed into the radiator and is then circulated via the engine block. During this process, all the heat from the metal pieces in your car (that create the horsepower) will be absorbed.
A Continuous Process
Once the radiator coolant returns to where it started, it will be circulated in some more chambers in order to cool the engine down. In this manner, the process is repeated continuously inside the vehicle. It is, however, important for vehicle owners to know that coolants expand as they get warmer. Therefore, the coolant overflow reservoir has been designed in order to act as a relief valve by storing extra coolant for your car.
Where Are the Coolant Reservoirs Located In Your Car?
Most of these coolant reservoirs are made from durable plastic and are installed on the upper right hand side of your car’s engine compartment. These are an integral part of a car’s system because they help its entire cooling system. So it goes without saying that the coolant reservoir should be working efficiently on a daily basis.
Why Engines Heat Up
Due to the material, location, and design of these coolant reservoirs, they are susceptible to quite a lot of wear and tear. This is why there are so many cases in which they develop cracks – and therefore leaks. This is sometimes the reason why engines heat up and if this is the case, then the coolant reservoir will definitely have to be replaced.
Coolant Leaking Under the Motor
Before you go ahead and make the decision of replacing the coolant reservoir, you should learn how to diagnose its problematic symptoms. The most common sign among all others is if you notice that your car is leaving some colored water under it. These leaks will specifically be beneath the passenger compartment and it clearly means that your coolant reservoir is damaged.
This leak may also be coming from multiple sources such as a loose coolant line, a damaged reservoir cap, or a crack in the reservoir. Either way, most vehicles nowadays have a sensor for coolant levels. So when a leak has occurred, then these lights will start flashing.
When this happens, you should inspect all the lines from the coolant reservoir and check for leaks in the tank. If you think you can’t do this on your own, then you should definitely get some expert help.
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