The radiator is an important part of a car entrusted with the crucial job of regulating the engine temperature. If you are familiar with cars then you have once or twice had an incident or seen another car experience radiator leaks. Without much knowledge about cars, however, it may be tricky for you to figure out what could be wrong with your car.
What Causes A Radiator Leak?
You'd be surprised to know that more times than not the leak doesn’t come from the radiator itself. It could be that the radiator pipes are rusty, worn out or cracked. Could be the radiator cap hasn’t been properly fastened, there’s a blown gasket or a cracked water pump. Other culprits behind a radiator leak may be due to engine block issues or problems with the thermostat, the heater core or the reservoir tank.
If you notice that the white smoke coming out of your car is not just air but hot steam, it means that the coolant is making its way into the combustion chambers where it should not. Immediately find a mechanic to help you fix the issue and to avoid damaging your car engine.
Ways to Tell That There’s A Radiator Leak in Your Porsche
There are many ways to tell that there’s a radiator leak in your Porsche. A radiator leak limits the performance of your car engine and may lead to overheating. Many barely realize that they have a leak until their car is stuck right in the middle of the road with white smoke gushing out the instant you lift your hood.
Some of the most common ways to tell that there’s a radiator leak in your Porsche include;
- Reading on the temperature gauge
What are the readings on the temperature gauge? You will find this gauge on your car’s dashboard. If the gauge reads high, or the temperature warning light is on, then your car engine is not cooling down as it should.
- Watch out for spills under your car
If you’re in a hurry you could bend or kneel down to see if you can find an actual spill under your car. Remember, finding a spill doesn’t necessarily mean that it is your coolant leaking. It could be water or oil or some other type of fluid.
If the spill is pink, yellow or green in color, then it’s likely your coolant leaking. It could be an overflow behind the leak. If the see-through coolant tank is low or almost empty, your next stop should be at the radiator. Here, check to see if the coolant levels are up to par. If your cabin heater releases cold air or if there’s too little coolant inside the cooling system you have a radiator leak.
To avoid incurring burn injuries, only check your radiator after turning your car engine off and letting it cool for some minutes. After conducting thorough radiator inspections and you still can’t quite place you finger on where the leak is coming from, have a mechanic check your car.