Most people don’t check the fluid levels in their cars as often as they should. Especially if a car is a newer model, most people just assume everything’s OK, or that a light will show up on the dashboard if anything is wrong. However, that’s not always the case, and as any car grows older, it needs a little more regular attention.
If you find that your car’s coolant level is down, there are a number of things that could be happening. We tend to suspect the radiator first because that’s where the coolant goes in, right? But in fact there are several places to look that are more likely than a leaky radiator. Let us give an important warning: Never open a radiator or any part of the cooling system when the engine is hot. The system is pressurized, and boiling hot water will shoot out of the opening. That can cause serious injuries.