Now that temperatures are rising and summer is on its way, your car has to work harder to keep its cool when you’re out on the road. That’s why we’re always harping on you to stay on top of your Charlotte auto service appointments; without the right tools, your car can’t stay cool and give you the performance you need.One thing you’ll want to be particularly vigilant about is your car coolant. Do you need more of it now that it’s summer? How do you know if the level is too low? We’re here with tips straight from our Charlotte car care experts to help you figure it out.
How to handle car coolant in the summer
First of all, you may need to add coolant more frequently when it’s hot outside, but you won’t need to add extra. Your best bet is to just check your car coolant regularly and make sure that it’s at the right level. You can do this by turning your car off and letting it cool down; then take a look at the coolant reservoir. You should be able to see through the side if the level of coolant is at the fill line; you can also pop the cap and look into the tank.
How do you know if your car coolant is getting too low? Here are some signs our Charlotte Toyota service techs tell you to look for:
- A low level inside the reservoir. As noted, you can check inside the tank to see if the level of coolant is too low.
- Your dashboard temperature gauge reads hot. The needle should either be on cool or somewhere in the middle; if it’s leaning toward hot, then you need coolant.
- You see puddles under your car. Before you panic, take a look - if it’s clear, then it’s likely water or condensation dripping off your A/C condenser. If it’s red, green, or blue, then it’s likely coolant and you have a leak, so bring your car to Toyota of N Charlotte to let us take a look.
- Your dashboard warning light goes off, telling you that you need to add car coolant.
- You can actually smell coolant. It has a naturally sickly-sweet smell to it that’s pretty recognizable, so you should be able to spot it quickly.
- Never drive with a car that has low coolant. Remember, coolant is what helps to keep your car’s engine cool so it doesn’t overheat. Driving with low car coolant levels can lead to major, expensive, and in some cases, irreparable engine damage.
Let Toyota of N Charlotte ensure your ride stays cool all season long
Think you have coolant issues? We can always help. Toyota of N Charlotte is open seven days a week at (704) 659-2025, and we’re conveniently located just off I-77 at exit 23 in Huntersville. Visit us at 13429 Statesville Road!
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