cooling system repair

As the miles pile onto a car things may start to happen with its cooling system. Let's take a look at what your car's cooling system does and things that you can do to make it last for a while!


What a Cooling System Does

An automobile cooling system's job is to remove the extra heat that is created as you run your engine. As a result of combustion, the engine generates tremendous heat and that energy has to eventually escape! That is when the engine coolant gets involved. The coolant absorbs engine heat and transports it to the radiator where it joins the outside air.

See, the thing is that your car's engine runs best at a high temperature, at about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If your engine is cold then its metal components wear out quicker, creating for an engine and vehicle that create more pollution. It also results in less efficiency from your vehicle. A car's engine at its appropriate temperature—not too hot and not too cold--will create for easy moving around of its parts.

If you're more of a visual person you should Google "car cooling system," and from there you are bound to find many diagrams to check out!


How to Check Your Vehicle's Coolant Level

Your car's coolant level should be regularly checked at the coolant reservoir, and there are indicator lines that will show you what level it should be at.  If you don't know what car's coolant reservoir looks like, and how indicator level lines work, see what your owner's manual says. If the coolant is low in the reservoir it is recommend that a 50/50 mix of approved water and antifreeze should be added.  By the way, when the coolant level is checked, do a visual inspection of belts and hoses for age cracks, and the radiator for leaks of any sort.

Car owners should always be aware of signs of trouble, especially with older cars. Obvious signs of cooling system problems are the vehicle temperature gauge on the dash rising close to the danger (red) zone.  If the gauge does rise into the red zone, you can be nearly certain that you have a cooling system issue of some sort.  If you see leakage anywhere, you probably have a coolant leak and should consult a mechanic.


Importance of Regular Maintenance

As a car owner, you should know that a big factor that affects your cooling system's reliability is the frequency of regular maintenance it gets -such as coolant changes and checks of belts and hoses. Motorists should consult their owner's manual for recommendations about how frequently to flush the coolant system and change the coolant.

The coolant systems in today's cars are reliable and only need periodic maintenance.  If you go by the manufacturer's maintenance schedule and perform a visual inspection once in a while, the coolant system should last as long as your vehicle does.

Thank you to the service team at Humes Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM of Waterford, PA, for speaking with us about car cooling systems!

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