Proper maintenance of your vehicle is important. The first sign that there is an issue with the cooling system in your vehicle will often come from the temperature gauge. If your vehicle has been running consistently warmer or has recently begun having issues with overheating, there is likely an issue with the cooling system. The temperature gauge in your vehicle should have an acceptable operating range. Even if your vehicle is not overheating but has been running at the higher end of the operating range, there may be an issue. If your vehicle is running with the temperature gauge in the red, it is overheating. Pull over and shut off the vehicle. Issues with the cooling system can also cause the engine to run cold. In that case, the temperature gauge will remain in the blue. Another early indicator of a problem with your cooling system may be the check engine light on your dashboard. Your check engine light comes on when one of the sensors in your car sends a message to it. Many vehicles have dash board lights that will notify you of low coolant levels or extreme engine temperatures as well. Leaks are a common issue in coolant systems. If you spot a puddle beneath your vehicle, there’s a chance that it may be the result of a coolant leak. Oil is often brown or black, water from the air conditioner will be clear, and coolant will likely be green, pink or orange. A leak in your coolant system can cause it to fail to maintain proper temperature in the engine. If you suspect that your vehicle has a coolant leak, pop the hood when the engine is cool and look at your coolant reservoir. The reservoir will have lines indicating the minimum and maximum coolant capacity for your vehicle. Take note of the level the coolant reaches on the reservoir, then check again in a few days. If it has gone down, the coolant is either leaking or being burned. If you notice an issue with the radiator or your vehicle overheating, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.
The radiator on your car plays an important role throughout the year. It helps keep the engine cool while you’re driving or even when the car is idling, and it also prevents the engine from freezing up during winter when your car is sitting parked. Over time, however, this car part can dirty: the antifreeze or combination of water and antifreeze inside it may become contaminated with impurities that make keeping the engine cool and running difficult. Driving habits, the type of antifreeze you use, and extreme outside temperatures will help determine how often your radiator needs to be flushed. During a coolant flush, old antifreeze is pushed out, along with any contaminants that may harm your radiator or your engine. This simple maintenance step can greatly improve the life of your car and offers many benefits. Over time, scale deposits and rust can build up in your radiator. Coolant flushes in remove these deposits as the old antifreeze and water are pushed out. By getting rid of the scale deposits and rust inside the radiator, you reduce the chances of radiator damage and engine overheating. New antifreeze is then poured in and contains additives that help prevent rust from forming on the inside of the radiator again. One of the most beneficial reasons behind a coolant flush is the removal of old contaminants that may be present in the car’s existing coolant. These contaminants are dangerous to the car’s system, as they cause the coolant to lose its anti-corrosive properties. This can lead to rust buildup and radiator corrosion over time if it is not taken care of. A coolant flush gets rid of the contaminants. If you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. This will help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run.
In order for the vehicle to operate at top performance levels the fluid levels should be topped off. This will help operate the parts of the vehicle that need lubrication or fluid in order to run. Having the proper amount of fluid in the vehicle is important. Along with checking the fluids, also remember to inspect the oil. By having the oil changed on a regular basis, you can help keep the engine properly lubricated. If you notice that you have to fill up a reservoir with fluid often, it could be a sign of a leak somewhere in the system. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for where the leak might be. The fluid checks need to be done for safety reasons as well as ones for maintenance. Having the brake fluid checked on a regular basis can help ensure the proper amount is in there. It can also mean that the brakes are operating effectively and will not lead to an accident over time. Having the fluids checked can help improve the reliability and safety of your vehicle. You can schedule routine fluid checks when you have your vehicle taken in for maintenance. Normally a safety inspection will include checking the major fluids, like the windshield washer fluid, the coolant, and the oil. The other fluids that need to be checked include power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and even the brake fluids in your vehicle. Dirty fluids could also mean there is a problem within the vehicle. If a fluid has excessive dirt in it, then it might mean there is a part that is leaking something else. For example, oil could be getting in to the fluid where it is not supposed to be. This could mean you have something failing in the engine. This fluid check might have saved you from being broken down on the side of the road somewhere. The fluid checks can also show when more needs to be added. You do not want your brake fluid to dip, which would make it hard to stop. The power steering fluid can leak out, making your turns harder than they need to be. The coolant could leak out, giving you issues with the engine when you are driving for long periods of time or live in an extremely hot area.
The engine in your vehicle produces incredibly high levels of heat and the cooling system is essential in cooling the engine of your vehicle enough to avoid damaging the parts inside it. Without a cooling system, your engine would quickly reach temperatures that would damage most of its components. Every engine is designed to function in a very specific temperature range. If it gets colder, the engine’s oil is too thick to move efficiently, and the moving parts in the engine don’t get lubricated properly. Any hotter and the engine is vulnerable to being damaged by heat. Heat damage is one of the leading causes of engine failure. Excessive heat can cause cracking in the engine block, cylinder head and manifold as well as accelerated wear to bearing surfaces in the engine bearings and valve train. What the Coolant Fluid Does The coolant, or radiator fluid, used in your car’s cooling system is perhaps the most vital part of the system. Coolant flows throughout the entire cooling system, dissipating the heat created in the internal combustion engine. It is specifically designed to retain important properties while it is in the demanding environment of a vehicle’s engine. If you notice you have to replace the coolant often, it could be a sign of a leak. Make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. The Importance of the Water Pump The water pump is a mechanical pump pushes the coolant through the radiator and the engine. Since the water pump is mechanical, it requires a belt to turn the rotor. This type of belt is commonly referred to as the serpentine belt. The thermostat detects the operating temperature. It is also designed to regulate the flow of coolant from your radiator to your engine. When your engine reaches a certain temperature the thermostat releases the flow of coolant and when the engine is cooler, it restricts it. The Radiator and Cooling Fan The radiator is a square or rectangular shaped metal box that fits in front of your engine. It draws in cooler ambient air from the outside to help cool the radiator fluid. A radiator is usually made out of a metal such as aluminum, or in some cases copper, that conducts heat very well. It includes a series of tubes and fins where the fluid passes through and is cooled by air drawn into the radiator. Hot coolant flows into the radiator and is into tiny passages connected to the small metal fins. As the coolant moves through the passages, heat is transferred into the fins. Heat is then radiated into the air and away from the engine. Once the coolant has gone through this process, its temperature is drastically reduced. The radiator cooling fan is usually located directly behind the radiator itself. Its function is to pull air through the radiator when the vehicle is operating at slower speeds. It may be mechanical and driven by a belt, or it may be electric and controlled by the thermostat.
When inspecting your vehicle, it is important to check all the parts and components for it. To have the best maintenance possible, it is recommended that you bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it thoroughly. Part of the inspection may include the cooling system of the vehicle. The engine creates a lot of heat while you are driving. It is important that this heat is removed immediately. If it is not than there can be problems in oil degradation and possible overheating of your vehicle. This is why it is important that you are not only maintaining your cooling system, but that you understand the different components which have a lot to do with the cooling of your engine. This will help in making sure that you are able to maintain a cool engine at all times. Among the things that you will need to know about includes the radiator. The water pump is an integral part that you should know about. Additionally, you should know about the hoses and connections which help to maintain the temperature of your engine. This will help in making sure that you will be able to understand whenever there is a problem with the cooling system. You will also be able to make sure that you are keeping an eye out for these different elements in order to maintain a cool engine. The Importance of the Water Pump The water pump is one of the most important parts of your cooling system. It is responsible for moving the coolant throughout your engine. Without this, there is no way that the engine will be able to maintain its temperature. These parts are fairly durable and seldom, if ever, need replacing. This is something to keep in mind though. If there is a problem in which your engine is overheating, it could be very well that the pump has malfunctioned in some way. This will cause you problems in which you will have to pay more to repair. Issues with the Radiator The radiator is where the coolant goes after it has been through the engine. This is a large grate which allows air to move through it. There is a fan which blows against the radiator along with the air flow that you will be able to get from driving your car. As air moves over the grates, it removes the heat from the coolant and whisks it away. If there is a problem with your radiator, it can cause the coolant to not be able to flow through it. Of course, these problems could also cause problems in which air will not be able to flow through the radiator to cool the coolant. Hoses and Connections should be inspected There are two hoses which are connected to the radiator which are responsible for bring in the coolant and drawing it out. The upper hose and the lower hose are integral to the operation of the cooling system. Without them, the flow of coolant will cease. This is why if there is a problem with one of the hoses, it will need to be replaced as fast as possible. There is also a line which will allow hot air to escape from the radiator and to the exhaust. This will allow the hot air a place that it can go to.