As we are well into the fall season here in Colorado, the temperatures are continuing to drop. Most of us have dug out our warm coats and boots, and are preparing to settle into the coming winter. Besides our homes, one of the places where we need warmth is in our vehicles; whether we’re making a quick commute to the office or taking a long weekend drive, we rely on our heaters to make the trip bearable.
Now is the time to service your vehicle’s heating system, before the harsher winter months arrive, so you can have safe, reliable, and efficient warmth all season long. If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to schedule an appointment with a qualified Fort Collins mechanic, to have your car inspected:
- Lukewarm air
If you have your heater on blast, but you’re only getting mildly warm air in return, it could be a sign that you’ve got a problem. This could be an issue with a dirty or clogged heater core, which is something a mechanic can help with.
- Extremely long wait
While no car, even new models, can pump out hot air right away, you shouldn’t have to wait more than 10-15 minutes or so for your car to warm up. If you find yourself without any warm air for an extended period of time, and notice that your car temperature gauge isn’t rising very fast, it may be time for a service.
- Inside fog
Sometimes, if your heater core is leaking, you may find the interior windows of your car fogged up with condensation. This can mean that your inner mechanism has been compromised, allowing hot vapor into the cabin, often after the car has warmed up a bit.
- Coolant smell
If you can detect a sweet, humid smell while you’re driving, this may be an indication that your heater core has a leak. Even a tiny leak can result in coolant mist escaping into your car’s interior, which can be one of the first signs that your heater is failing.
- Engine running hot
If you notice that you seem to be going through a lot of coolant, or that your engine is running hotter than usual, this may affect your heater core, among other components. This can cause serious damage if not addressed, so make sure you get your vehicle to your nearest mechanic soon.
Want to schedule a service for your car’s heater, or another issue? Reach out to us at the 4×4 Offroad Network today!