Hopefully, your car coolant is going where it should be, through your engine! The purpose of your engine’s cooling system is just that, to keep it cool so hopefully your coolant is taking the journey from your engine to your radiator and back again while you drive. If your car coolant is headed somewhere else, then you’ve got a problem. Cooling system problems usually show up as either an overheating engine, or a leaking engine either in the form of drips and puddles or steam from under your hood.
To understand where your car coolant is going, it’s important to understand it’s path through the cooling system so you know where to look for leaks or check for other problems if your car is overheating. Your coolant actually takes 2 possible routes depending on the temperature it’s at. When your engine is cold (usually below 180 degrees) the water pump pushes coolant through the engine where it is warmed, up through a hose to your vehicle’s heater core, then back through another hose into the water pump to make the trip again.
If your coolant is hot from its trip through the engine it will cause the thermostat to open allowing some of the hot coolant to travel a different rout out through the radiator at the front of your vehicle where it will be cooled back down before it heads back to the engine block. The hotter things get in the engine, the further the thermostat will open to allow more coolant to flow out to the radiator and be cooled.
In identifying the different routes of coolant in your car start by locating the radiator. It will be just in front of your engine often with an electric fan attached to it. The radiator will have two large hoses, about 2 inches in diameter, attached to the sides or top and bottom. One hose usually leads to the thermostat while the other will lead to the water pump. The other path your car coolant takes, through the heater core is best found starting at the firewall. Your heater core is a small radiator inside the cabin of your vehicle in the ventilation system. Hot coolant is carried to it through the firewall in hoses. They usually are on the passenger side of the engine compartment. These hoses will be smaller 1 to 1 ½ inches in diameter and one will run to the radiator while the other will run to the engine block or cylinder head.
Once you’ve located all these components and hoses, start your vehicle’s engine and allow it to warm up watching all of these components for signs of a leak like steam or drips.
If you discover your leak is coming from the end of one of the hoses in your engine it may be time to replace the hose. If it is swollen and appears too big for the end connection, has cracks, rips or tears it is time to replace that hose. If you discover your leak coming from another location use BlueDevil Pour-N-Go to seal your leaks. BlueDevil Pour-N-Go is a specially formulated to seal the leaks in your cooling system without damaging or harming any other equipment. BlueDevil Pour-N-Go is a non-particulate sealer that reacts to the temperature differential created at the leak point. BlueDevil Pour-N-Go is safe to circulate in your cooling system and will only activate at the leak point bonding to metal or plastic.
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