Engines, the hearts of vehicles, one could say the major lifeline to your vehicle and with such an important component, it's best to make sure it is running properly. But what does an engine have to do with cooling? Well, like the human body, the engine cannot be exposed to extreme hot or freezing temperatures and in order to maintain a stable temperature you need a system that will not only cool down or heat up the engine but one that will measure the temperature and provide the engine with what it needs.
So why is it important to keep up with the health of your cooling system? Well, if your cooling system isn’t working properly and the engine isn’t being cooled down it has the tendency to combust, and when it’s too cold it uses up more of your fuel. Neither situation is quite manageable or safe, so it’s best to keep up with your cooling system and keep an eye out for the warning signs.
SIGNS YOUR VEHICLE NEEDS COOLING SYSTEM REPAIR
Paying attention to your vehicle is an important factor that plays into the health and safety of both you and your car. When it comes to your cooling system here are some signs that will tell you it's time to come in for an inspection and repair.
Get a Cooling System service inspection if:
High Temperature Gauge Reading: If your dashboards temperature gauge rises quickly or moves into the red zone, you will want to pull over as a precaution. At this point it is best to contact a mechanic and figure out if its safe to drive your vehicle.
Coolant Puddling: If you see a bright green, orange, or yellow fluid pooling on the ground
Smoking under the hood: When smoke blows out from under your hood, this is a classic sign of overheating.
Low Coolant Level
Exhaust Smoke is White
Coolant light/warning light is on
UNDERSTANDING YOUR COOLING SYSTEM
You may think when I refer to cooling I’m talking about your A/C and heating, wrong. Your HVAC system or Heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is a separate component altogether. Your cooling system is like an A/C system, but for your engine. It is designed to remove the heat generated from your engine while your car is running. It does this through a liquid coolant, which circulates the heated coolant from your engine to the radiator (located at the front of your car) where it is cooled off and returned back to the engine.
The cooling system works by sending a liquid coolant through tube passages that run through your engine. As that coolant flows through those passages, it picks up heat generated from the engine. The now heated fluid then makes its way through another rubber tube to the radiator in the front of the car. As it flows through the radiator, the hot liquid is then cooled back down by the airstream entering the grill in the front of the car. When the coolant becomes cooled by the airflow, it then returns back to those engine passages to repeat the same cycle again.
COOLING SYSTEM SERVICES
Cooling system diagnostics
cooling system pressure test
expansion tank replacement
engine cooling hoses
engine cooling fan replacement