At PB Foreign and Domestic Car Repair, located in the heart of Pacific Beach, San Diego, our days often begin with a story. Each car that drives in tells its own tale of travel, wear, and sometimes, issues that need attention.
Symptom: Odd sweet smell and drips of red-colored fluid on the ground.
Problem: Failing radiator.
Solution: Radiator replacement and coolant system service.
One crisp morning, as the Californian sun began to cast its light on our workshop, a 2011 Toyota Camry pulled into our lot. I recognized the driver; he was one of our repeat customers, and by the concerned expression on his face, I knew there was something off about his trusty sedan.
“Morning, Aaron,” he greeted me, “There’s this strange sweet smell in my car, and I’ve also noticed some red drips on my driveway. I’m worried.”
Nodding, I walked around the vehicle, doing a preliminary check. “Let’s get it into the bay, and have Jason, one of our best ASE certified mechanics, take a detailed look.”
Within a short time, Jason had the car hoisted up and began his diagnostic process. The symptoms – the unusual sweet aroma, often likened to maple syrup, combined with those red fluid drops – pointed towards a potential issue with the radiator or the coolant system.
Jason’s hunch was correct. On closer inspection, he found that the Camry’s radiator had suffered significant wear. “Aaron,” he called out, “Looks like the radiator’s taken a hit. It needs replacement.”
After consulting with the vehicle’s owner and explaining the risks of driving with a compromised radiator, we agreed on a prompt radiator replacement and a complete coolant system service.
Our team at PB Foreign and Domestic Car Repair prides itself on using only the highest quality parts. With the right components at hand, Jason set to work, ensuring every aspect of the radiator and coolant system was correctly and securely fitted.
By late afternoon, the Camry was ready. As the customer stepped into the driver’s seat, I could see the palpable relief on his face. “Thanks, Aaron,” he said, “I knew you guys would sort it out.”
He drove off, leaving behind the scent of new coolant and the satisfying hum of a healthy engine.
For those unfamiliar, it’s crucial to be aware of your car’s symptoms. An unusual smell or unexpected puddles can be early indicators of more significant issues down the road. Regular checks and timely professional intervention, like what we offer at PB Foreign and Domestic Car Repair, can save both time and money in the long run.
If your vehicle presents signs of wear or you smell something out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate. Trust professionals who treat your car’s story with the attention and care it deserves. Contact us online to schedule an appointment or call us at 1-858-270-1142. Safe driving, everyone!