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Top Signs Your Cooling System Is in Trouble

The cooling system in your car keeps your engine from overheating and also helps it run more efficiently. You need to pay attention when something goes wrong with your cooling system. Whether it be a minor issue or something more serious. Here are some signs that there may be problems with your cooling system.

Weakened Engine Performance
One of the most obvious signs of a faulty cooling system is when your engine starts to run poorly. If you notice that your temperature gauge is higher than normal or if the engine is overheating and running rough, this could indicate that something is wrong with your car's coolant system.

A Clanking Noise Under the Hood
If you hear a clanking noise under the hood, it could be a sign of a failing water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through your engine and helps keep it at an ideal temperature. If this piece breaks or gets damaged, it will cause your engine to overheat.

A Burning Smell From the Engine
A burning smell from the engine is a sure sign that something is wrong. There are many possible causes for this smell, including:

  • Burning coolant (the most common cause)
  • Burning oil and other fluids
  • Burnt exhaust or electrical wiring/wiring insulation
  • Burning catalytic converter.

Rattling Noise

If you hear rattling under the hood that doesn't go away after turning off the car and letting it sit for a few minutes, it may indicate an issue with your thermostat. This part regulates how much coolant flows into and out of your radiator. When it fails or becomes damaged, this can lead to overheating issues and poor performance from other parts, such as fans or radiators that rely on good circulation for proper function

If you notice any of these signs, it's time to get your cooling system checked out. Bring your vehicle to Fuller Automotive for all your cooling system repairs.

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