The importance of cooling system service

Engine over heating, cooling system service

Your cooling system is an extremely important system in your vehicle.  It’s job is to keep the engine cooled so it doesn’t overheat.

Here’s how it works.  Engine coolant, also known as antifreeze, runs through your engine’s cooling system.  It moves from the radiator to the engine and back again.  The water pump function is to keep that cooling fluid moving.  The radiator’s job is to allow cooler air to bring down the temperature of the coolant.

What is the coolant?

Your coolant is a mixture of coolant and water.  Each car manufacturer specifies exactly the mixture and type of coolant that is needed.  The coolant’s job is to stop that water from rusting and corroding the internal parts of your cooling system.  Of course, it also helps keep the coolant cooler.

Where’s the problem?

When the coolant gets older, it starts to lose its protective properties.  It begins to allow the water to eat up your internal parts.  Water pumps fail, radiators fail and more.  These failures can lead to disastrous engine problems.  Additionally, if there is a leak in your cooling system, you risk the same problems.

How to solve the problem?

Simple.  Just get routine cooling system flushes when your car manufacturer recommends it.  Most car makers today recommend about every 24,000 to 30,000 miles.  Consult your owner’s manual for proper intervals.

It’s also important to point out that we do inspect your coolant to make sure it’s protecting you well.  If it’s not, we’ll bring it to your attention.  If you have any questions about your cooling system or any part of your car, please feel welcome to give us a call.

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