Signs Your Car is About to Die

Hello, my name is Roy. For many years, I drove a 1976 Ford estate car around Sydney. The car had belonged to my grandpa. It was passed down to me when I had just passed my driving test at the age of 18. That was in 1986 and the car was already in a pretty bad condition then. Fast forward to 2006 and I was now aged 38 and still driving the same car around. Sometimes the car wouldn't start, white smoke came out of the exhaust and the gearbox made a terrible sound. I did my best to patch it up, but eventually, I had to scrap the car and buy a new one. I decided to start a blog to encourage others to service their cars.

3 Signs That Your Vehicle's Oil Cooler Will Need Repairs


An oil cooler helps to cool the oil in the engine, keeping your vehicle running smoothly. If this system fails, it can result in a lot of damage and, particularly, engine failure. The good news is that an oil cooler can serve you for a long time if you regularly maintain your vehicle. However, there are instances when damage to the oil cooler is inevitable. When this happens, you should be keen to notice warning signs that the oil cooler is about to fail. Some of these signs include the following:

When Your Vehicle Produces Black Smoke 

If your vehicle is producing black smoke, then it could be that your oil cooling unit is starting to develop mechanical issues. In most cases, this black smoke is caused by an oil leak. The leaking oil may flow to the combustion chamber, causing the chamber to produce dense black fumes, which are not safe and healthy for inhaling. And so, when your vehicle starts producing such black smoke and you are on the move, you may need to visit the nearby mechanic right away. These experts will inspect the cooler to identify and fix the cause of the oil leak.

When the Vehicle's Engine Cooler Is Leaking 

When the oil cooling unit has external damage, it leads to engine coolant leakage. When this leakage persists, it causes the engine to overheat. In some cases, the leak will start by dripping and creating a pool under your automobile. But in other cases, the coolant will leak profusely, and you will notice some steam underneath your vehicle's bonnet. If this problem is not addressed and the coolant continues to leak, it will cause the engine to overheat, which will eventually cause other engine's mechanical components to fail. 

When There Is Damage in the Oil Cooler System's Adapter 

The engine's oil pressure is at a maximum when it is in operation, which keeps the engine lubricated. For the lubrication to be effective, the oil cooler's adapter needs to be working effectively. When the adapter fails, the oil is pushed to the cooling system. If you continue to use your vehicle while the adapters are damaged, it causes poor engine lubrication, which will eventually cause the engine to fail. 

An oil cooler is a vital component that facilitates the smooth running of your vehicle. When it's damaged, it causes progressive damage to your vehicle. Therefore, you should ensure that it is always in good condition. If your vehicle's oil cooler displays any of the discussed signs, you should have it inspected for flaws. If any are identified, they should be immediately repaired to preserve the engine's performance. 


13 August 2021