Think your vehicle may be leaking antifreeze? You’ve come to the right place. We at Fred Beans have put together this guide on antifreeze leaks to give you a better idea of why this liquid sometimes leaks from vehicles.
Drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington will also learn about what antifreeze is and how you can prevent future leaks. Read ahead to get started!
What is Antifreeze?
Antifreeze, not to be confused with coolant, is a liquid that goes into your radiator. Antifreeze’s primary job is to prevent water inside both your radiator and your engine from freezing when the weather gets cold. However, this liquid doesn’t just work hard in the winter.
Another job that antifreeze is in charge of is preventing the same water in your engine and radiator from boiling when the weather gets hot. There are many metal parts under the front hood that work at very high speeds, which can make temperatures rise pretty quickly under there.
While all of these parts are moving quickly, they can potentially make a dangerous amount of friction which can result in a fire. Antifreeze is also in charge of helping to prevent such friction by lubricating the many parts of the engine and radiator.
What Causes Antifreeze to Leak
There are a handful of things that can cause the antifreeze in your vehicle to leak. When you see this bright green or red liquid pooling under your vehicle, it’s likely a result of:
- Cracks or splits in the radiator hoses
- A damaged or broken radiator cap seal
- Cracks or holes in the plastic overflow reservoir
- Problems with the actual radiator
- A damaged or old water pump
Many of these problems are minor but should still be taken care of by a professional. These are important parts that make your vehicle run so you don’t want to run the risk of causing further damage.
How to Prevent Future Leaks
The first and most reliable way to prevent future antifreeze leaks is taking your vehicle in for all of its regularly scheduled maintenance visits. Many of the causes of antifreeze leaks listed above can be prevented by the simple visual inspections that are done at the service center. If you catch them early on, your vehicle may never have to leak a drop of antifreeze.
These simple visual inspections can also be done right in your own driveway. All you have to do is lift and secure the front hood. Look around to make sure you don’t see any cracks in any of the tubing and double check that every cap is screwed on tight. These home inspections can also save you a trip to the service center if it’s a simple cap malfunction.
Still Have Questions about Antifreeze?
We at Fred Beans hope this guide gave you all the information you needed to know about antifreeze leaks. However, we’d be happy to answer any more questions you have. Drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington should give us a call today for more information or the schedule a service appointment!