Low coolant in the radiator of your car can trigger the malfunction illumination light (MIL), also known as the “check engine” light. Low coolant can affect the internal temperature of the engine, which is protected by the antifreeze.
What can happen to your engine if the coolant level is low?
Your engine could overheat.
Coolant helps pull heat away from the engine. So, without enough coolant, the engine could overheat or seize up. Continued use of an overheated engine could lead to permanent damage, such as pistons welding to the cylinders.
Will low coolant throw a code?
A faulty engine coolant temperature sensor or one of the wirings connected to it can cause the P0128 code. The most common causes of P0128 include: Low coolant level (an air pocket trapped at the engine coolant sensor) The engine coolant thermostat is stuck in an open position or is opening too soon.
Can you just add coolant to your car?
Yes. You cannot just keep adding coolant without ever flushing and changing it. Most cars need a flush and complete fluid change every 5 to 7 years.
How do I know if I need coolant in my car?
5 Signs That Your Vehicle Needs An Antifreeze/Coolant Service
- The temperature gauge reads hotter than normal when the engine is running.
- Antifreeze leaks and puddles beneath your vehicle (orange or green fluid)
- A grinding noise is coming from under the hood of your car.
Why is my coolant low but no leaks?
When you are losing coolant but no leak is visible, several parts could be the guilty party. It could be a blown head gasket, a fractured cylinder head, damaged cylinder bores, or a manifold leak. … However, you may breathe easy if the mechanic does not find any trace of exhaust gases in the coolant.
How often should I put coolant in my car?
A typical mechanic will recommend changing coolant every 30,000 miles. But many will tell you, changing the coolant is not even on their radar. An owner’s manual might recommend changing the coolant/antifreeze after the first 60,000 miles, then every 30,000 miles.
Will check engine light reset itself?
Your vehicle’s check engine light will will reset by itself once the issue or problem has been repaired; this is true for most models. But the issue may be a bit more involved than simply resetting it. The issue may stem from your car having to run several cycles.