Signs That The Cooling System in Your Jeep In Fredericksburg Is Overworked

June 10th, 2015 by

Jeep Compass

You own a Jeep and summer is all about getting out and exploring. Trips down to Virginia Beach for some fun in the sun, some camping in the Shenandoah Valley, or maybe something beyond any of that. One thing that you need to keep in mind is your coolant system.

The heat of summer can really tax your engine and a healthy cooling system is what keeps it all running. It´s important to check your cooling system before you take your Jeep in Fredericksburg out on the road so you don´t end up with serious engine troubles far from home.

4 Symptoms of a Sick Cooling System

You know your engine gets hot when it is in use. That´s no surprise, but you may not know that the reason it doesn´t overheat is because your cooling system removes the heat caused during combustion. If that´s not working, then you´ve got trouble on your hands, so here are some warning signs that you need to call our Fredericksburg Jeep service center to have your system checked.

  • Overheating- If you notice that your engine temperature is above normal even during normal driving conditions, then you have a problem. Having steam or hissing come from under the hood is a clear sign that you´ve got problems. You may just need to add more coolant in order to get it back to a good operating temperature. It should be a 50/50 blend of antifreeze and distilled water.
  • Having to Add Coolant Repeatedly- If this happens frequently, then there´s a good chance that something is wrong with your system and you should bring it in for service.
  • Leaking- If you notice a pool of green or yellowish liquid underneath your vehicle after it´s been in use, this could be a problem. That is the antifreeze leaking out, which could be causing your engine to overheat.
  • Smell of Antifreeze- You may even notice a sweet smell coming from your vehicle. This is a sign of something not being right in your cooling system. If you let it go too long it will turn into the smell of a burning engine, which means you´re in big trouble.

So before you head out on any big trips this summer, it may be a good idea to schedule service at Safford of Fredericksburg. For more information, give us a call today at (540) 898-7200.

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