Coolant leaks are a common problem for Volkswagen owners. If your coolant system doesn’t work properly, your vehicle may overheat. Allowing the engine to overheat can cause catastrophic damage to your vehicle. Trust the experts at Fremont Foreign Auto to keep your Volkswagen running at its best.
A trail of coolant leading from the water pump toward the engine likely means your seals have failed. Steam blowing from the engine usually signals a coolant leak at the coolant flange. If you see coolant under your vehicle, your radiator is the most likely cause. You should also look for a frothy, milky appearance to your oil as a sign of a coolant leak. Pay attention to a sweet odor in your cabin and low coolant reservoir levels, too.
Read on for five signs your Volkswagen might have a coolant leak and needs service.
- Smoke from the exhaust
If you notice smoke coming from the exhaust of your Volkswagen, you may have a coolant leak. The culprit is likely a faulty head gasket, cracked engine block, or warped cylinder. Watch for the smell of burning oil while driving.
- Steam from the engine
Steam pouring from the engine likely means you have a coolant leak due to a faulty coolant flange. Be prepared to lose all your coolant when removing the flange. This part is easy to change, but if you’re not comfortable doing it, give Fremont Foreign Auto a call, and we will take care of it.
- Vehicle overheating
Your Volkswagen’s coolant system only holds a small amount of coolant, making it doubly important to maintain the intended levels. If your vehicle overheats, take steps to address the underlying cause as soon as possible to avoid serious damage to your engine.
- Check engine light
The check engine light is your Volkswagen’s attempt to tell you something is wrong. If your check engine light starts shining on your dash, bring it to Fremont Foreign Auto. We will read the codes and help you plan to fix the problem so you can drive securely, knowing your vehicle is safe.
- Low heat output
If the coolant levels in your Volkswagen drop too low, air can get trapped in the heater core, and you will have a low heat output from the air vents. Watch for thermostat fluctuations, as it can get stuck open and make your engine overheat.
Finding honest, reliable mechanics to service your Volkswagen coolant system doesn’t have to be stressful. Fremont Foreign Auto is a Diamond Certified repair shop with technicians trained to care for your vehicle from bumper to bumper. No one enjoys auto repairs, but we will make you glad you chose us to care for your car.