Weíre often asked questions about the
cooling system Ė the system that cools your engine
and keeps it at the proper operating temperature. Letís examine
the topic in two areas: first the coolant itself and, second, the
parts that make up the cooling system.
your car or light truck is the mix of water and
circulates through the engine to draw off heat. First, you need to
have the proper amount. If you donít have enough coolant it canít
keep your engine cool.
You also need the
kind of coolant. Different makes of sedans and other
vehicles require different coolant formulation to
Finally, your coolant needs to be fresh. Over time and miles, the
anti-corrosion additives in the coolant are depleted and the
coolant can actually start to eat away at the cooling system
parts. Your ownerís manual and your Jenkins Auto Repair
service adviser in Greenfield Indiana can help you with the
recommended coolant replacement schedule and make
sure youíre getting the right type of coolant.
Now letís talk about the
cooling system components. These will all eventually wear
out and need to be replaced.
Starting with the
radiator, we see them coming into the shop with leaks or
clogged with deposits. Depending on the damage, we will clean,
repair or replace. We also see radiator pressure caps
that can no longer hold the proper
pressure. We recommend
replacing pressure caps when you change your coolant to avoid this
leaky water pumps
and hoses in the Indianapolis Indiana area that need to be replaced, too.
Thereís also a part called the thermostat that
opens and closes to regulate the flow of coolant. Sometimes they
stick open or closed and the cooling system wonít work
Engine damage from overheating
can be very expensive to fix so itís important to maintain your
cooling system properly with scheduled
coolant replacement and periodic inspections of the cooling
system. Certainly come in if you suspect a leak and have us take a