Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car is losing coolant

asked by on

My car is losing coolant somewhere. I keep topping it off so that my car doesn't overheat, and that worked for a while. Now, my car is producing a big cloud of white smoke that disappears after 10 to 15 minutes of driving. Also, the oil is not milky.

A: Hi, it is possible for leaks to occur aroun...

Hi, it is possible for leaks to occur around the cylinders so that coolant gets into the combustion chamber and burns with the fuel and air. Liquid doesn't compress at all, so if too much gets into the cylinders, you can cause damage to the internal components. Driving the car with a coolant leak greatly increases the risk of overheating which causes a lot of stress to the engine. A certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, would be able to help you locate the coolant leak and diagnose this issue further.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: What's wrong when the alternator is not charging the battery, both parts are new, car Will go dead after driving 20 mins

Your vehicle has a fusible link in the wire harness that goes from the main wire on the alternator to the starter. If you had the starter replaced then maybe the wire was not put on the starter. The fusible...

Q: Check Engine Light came on gave me a O2 sensor code. A week later the car broke down and won't start. It now has catalytic converter code.

It is helpful if you include the codes numbers. There are numerous O2 sensor and catalytic converter codes. There are two O2 sensors on your car. One is monitors the fuel ratio and the PCM (powertrain control module) uses it...

Q: Oil leak

The most common leak on your particular car is the valve cover gasket. The gasket deteriorates over time and leaks oil over the entire engine. Before replacing the valve cover gasket, I recommend having a qualified technician thoroughly diagnose the leak...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.