The importance of maintaining your cooling system
Your automobiles cooling system is designed to keep the engine operating within the manufacturers specified temperature range. While this system is not particularly complicated, keeping the cooling system properly maintained is a very important aspect of your vehicles regular maintenance cycle.
What many people do not realize is that coolants no longer simply cool your engine. They also provide lubricants and help control electrolysis caused by the dissimilar metals in newer, high tech engines. Because of this, coolant wears out and should be changed every couple years. If not, corrosion can cause damage to your cooling system.
Check your coolant fluids monthly. If you need to add more, do so according to your owners manual. This will help ensure the coolant is able to properly cool and protect your engine. In addition, your water pump and hoses will last longer. While you are doing this, check your belts and hoses for dry cracking. You should also check to see if your hoses are excessively soft or hard. This could be a sign they are about to fail.
When should you have your cooling system maintenance performed?
Generally, it’s recommended to have your cooling system checked every couple of years. This preventative maintenance check covers several key areas to ensure your cooling system is operating according to the manufacturers specifications.
Some key signs you are having cooling system problems are:
- Temperature gage is reading high or the light comes on indicating your engine is overheating.
- Coolant leaking, either through hoses, radiator, radiator cap or seals. Another common sign is coolant underneath your car.
- Coolant may spray into the engine compartment, or even through the interior vents.
Schedule your cooling system maintenance
The best way to ensure these types of issues do not occur is to have Bob’s Auto Repair’s Technicians conduct our preventative cooling System Maintenance check. When you bring your vehicle in, we will check the following areas:
- Cooling System components, to include hoses and belts.
- Pressure Test, looking for possible leaks in the radiator, water pump, hoses or heater core.
- Thermostat check to ensure proper opening and closing.
- Radiator cap pressure test
- Engine cooling fan test.
We can also easily test the quality and condition of your coolant. If needed, we can adjust levels to bring it back into shape or replace it. Having your cooling system maintenance check done every couple years, or if you notice any of the symptoms above, can dramatically improve the life of your vehicle.
Please note….If your vehicle overheats or shows any of the symptoms above, it’s best to shut it off immediately. Overheating your engine can cause extensive, and therefore expensive, damage. You are better off having it towed in to the repair shop.