Winter is coming, and that heater problem in your car is looking more and more troublesome every day. Often, when a car’s heater is not warming the cabin, the problem lies with the heater core. This small component lies between the cabin and the engine, uses the same process as your radiator does to diffuse heat, and puts it to good use on colder drives. Here is a quick look at some possible heater core problems keeping you cold during your daily commute:
The first thing to check if you are having heater problems is the level of coolant in your reservoir. This fluid is used to cool your engine and heat your car—if this is the problem, the cold cabin temperature may be the least of your worries. Have a mechanic refill or replace your coolant to keep your car running and your hands warm.
Sometimes, a bit of debris or contaminated coolant can cause a blockage somewhere along the line in your cooling system. If the coolant is blocked and cannot cycle properly, the heater core will have nothing heating it up and the blower will simply force unheated air into the vents.
Bad Heater Core
Another problem may be from a leak in your heater core or the hoses leading to it. This will cause the coolant to seep out, making the heating and cooling process less effective. Leaks like this are often accompanied by a sweet, maple syrup-like smell that comes from the heated coolant, which is highly toxic.
If you want to make sure that your heater is working properly in time for the cold winter months, come to Aero Automotive for an inspection. We have over 20 years of experience repairing and maintaining foreign and domestic vehicles in the Marietta, Kennesaw, and Woodstock areas. Call us at (678) 905-4327 or contact us online for more information.