Why is your LOW Coolant Level light on when you don’t have any visible leaks?
Coolant, like most fluids, tends to respond to temperature changes by expanding as it gets warmer and contracting in volume when colder. Most expansion tanks have a minimum and a maximum level indicator on their side, depicted in the photo, below. On cold mornings, coolant levels will be on the minimum range, as the coolant temperature rises to its operating range, the level increases to the “max” line. Over time, the process of expansion, contraction, and evaporation, may cause the level to drop below the minimum level, in which case, you need to top it up. However, when you have to top off the coolant once a month or week, which is a tell-tale sign of a slow coolant leak somewhere in the system.
A small amount of seepage through a gasket or a leaky hose may not show coolant on your garage floor, but it will eventually cause a problem.
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