Your car’s engine needs to maintain a consistent temperature for optimal performance and fuel efficiency. The radiator uses coolant, a special mix of water and antifreeze, to keep your engine within a temperature range that works best for your car. Sometimes air can get into the coolant system, which can cause engine overheating and damage. But your car has a solution; it has coolant bleeder housing which allows air to escape out of the system and prevents overheating. There are three main signs to look for that tell you it is time to upgrade this piece of your car engine.

Bleeder Valve Is Not Opening

If your bleeder valve is not opening, then air cannot escape. Your car may be able to function with this issue for a time, but if you are unable to bleed air out of the system, it can quickly overheat and become damaged. How does this valve gets damaged? There is a multitude of possible reasons, but one of the more common causes is corrosion from water in the system.

Bleeder Assembly Is Damaged

This situation is potentially more damaging than a valve problem, as it means that there would have no way to remove extra air in the system. A functioning bleeder is especially important after the coolant has been added or replaced in the engine because this is the time that air is most likely to enter the cooling system.

Bleeder Housing Is Leaking Fluid

Coolant leaks in an engine are usually not a good sign. If the bleeder housing is leaking fluid, it can mean there’s a greater problem with the assembly or the valve and should be looked at by a professional for replacement consideration. The coolant bleeder is meant to release air, not fluid.

Because the coolant bleeder housing is not always checked in a standard engine service, it is helpful to know what signs to keep an eye out for. If you suspect a problem it, may be a good idea to have a professional examine the housing. Visit the website for more information.