Cooling System Maintenance and Repair - R&T Tire & Auto

May 21st, 2012

by: David Erickson

 

With the summer here and temperatures rising, keeping your vehicle’s engine cool is very important to its performance and life. That's why it is important to have your vehicle’s cooling system maintained and working as it should. The cooling system in your car is what keeps your engine at the proper operating temperature. Keeping your vehicle’s engine at proper operating temperature keeps it running properly, giving you the best performance out of your vehicle.

The cooling system in cars usually consists of: engine water jacket, thermostat, water pump, radiator / radiator cap, cooling fan (depending on the vehicle electric or belt-driven), hoses, heater core, and expansion tank.

The cooling process works like this: the coolant in your car or the antifreeze circulates through the engine to draw off heat. You should always have the proper amount of coolant in your car, if not it can't keep your engine cool. Also, it is important that you have the right kind of coolant for your vehicle. Different make and model sedans and other vehicles require a certain type of coolant formula to protect against corrosion.

Over time and miles, the anti-corrosion additives in coolant get depleted, causing the coolant to start eating away at the cooling system parts. This is why maintaining and servicing your cooling system regularly is important. When neglected, cooling system parts can get damaged, causing your cooling system to fail, which leads to engine over-heating and causing more sever damages and costs.

Nothing lasts forever. That's why you should have a professional mechanic take a look at your cooling system, so they can detect for any damaged components. Even if you're a do-it-yourself type of person, you should always take it into a professional mechanic, because they have the tools and equipment to analyze how well your cooling system is working. It is especially important to check your cooling system after a harsh winter season, because of the change in season from cold to hot.

With the hot temperatures arriving, you want your vehicle running at its best. No one likes when their car breaks down while they are driving, especially when it's scorching hot outside. It can be dangerous and cost you a lot of money in towing and repairs.

To avoid possible serious costs and damage to your vehicle this summer, make sure that your cooling system is maintained to its best.

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