Volkswagens are very popular for their affordability while still being high-quality, reliable vehicles. Often topping lists of most popular, highest performing, and resale value, Volkswagen owners have high expectations of their investment.
Awareness of how the vehicle runs day to day and routine maintenance go a long way to getting the miles out of your vehicle you want and deserve. It can be difficult to keep track of the many smaller parts that can malfunction. One such part is the coolant temperature sensor. Never heard of it? That’s okay. This is a small part, and ideally will be checked in a regular check up, but the owner can go just a little further to ensure this is running properly and not causing unwanted risk.
Every car has some form of coolant system. Primarily, this is the liquid that is pushed through the engine to remove excess heat and allow the engine to run smoothly. A large tank holds all the liquid which is flushed back after running through the engine block to allow fresh liquid in again. Issues can arise, however, if the liquid is getting too hot; this is where the coolant temperature sensor comes in.
While driving, the coolant temperature sensor (a small sensor sitting next to the engine thermostat) keeps track of the temperature of coolant flowing past. This measure is used to run data back to the engine’s computer and tell it how much and how quickly to pump more coolant. If not operating correctly, the most common issue is that the computer will start moving less coolant, and the engine will overheat. This will damage all other parts of the engine and can stop your car dead in its tracks.
It is important to recognize these warning signs and bring your vehicle to a professional before further damage occurs costing you more time and money.
There are a few early signs that your coolant temperature sensor may be starting to fail. The earlier an issue is identified, the lower your risk of sustaining further damage to the rest of your vehicle. Some common symptoms include:
SMI Automotive is a family owned and operated business taking care of Volkswagen owners in the Louisville area for five decades. With full maintenance and repair capabilities tailored to Volkswagen, no one is better equipped to serve you. We specialize in German makes and are focused on the specific and unique needs these brands have. Your vehicle will be repaired by expert mechanics who know the intricacies of your brand and model.
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