With winter coming soon it’s time to make sure your vehicle is in order. No one wants to be stranded on the road in the mist of a blizzard or in any freezing weather. Clark Automotive Repair Shop, in Blaine, MN would like to continue informing car owners, so the decisions being made are not blind but through knowledgeable deduction. Lets look further into an Automotive Cooling System and what’s needed to keep it cooling your vehicle’s engine, preventing overheating, keeping your vehicle warm and maintaining function in both the summer and winter months.
What is the automotive cooling system?
The automotive cooling system is made up of many components designed to cool the engine. This system is extremely important, as a failure of the cooling system can ruin the transmission and engine, cause no heat in the car or A/C, and leave you stranded.
- Engine block, head gaskets and heads
- The Thermostat
- The Water Pump
- Radiator hoses
- Radiator, radiator cap and over flow canister
- Radiator cooling fan, serpentine belt, and belt tensioner
- Heater hoses and heater core
- Coolant (Antifreeze)
The automotive cooling system in your car was designed at the factory to last many thousands of miles. It cools your car’s engine from the heat it generates during operation. There are too many variables to address in this limited forum, but we will present items important to you as the car owner. What do you, as an operator, need to know and how to get your car cooling system maintained and repaired?
First, follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance suggestions. Generally this amounts to draining and replacing the coolant at set intervals like every 30,000 miles. We at Clark Automotive have all these factory recommendations and are prepared to maintain your car cooling system with factory recommended products. The servicing of your automobile’s cooling system is not terribly expensive and offers you the most return for your investment.
If you neglect to replace the coolant the next step is the flushing of the cooling system. This requires that we back flush (Reverse the flow) of the coolant to assist in the removal of rust accumulations. Generally back flushing is done on a vehicle, because of complaints of engine over-heating or the heat inside the car not being adequate.
Have the Freeze Protection checked every fall before first freeze.
Clark Automotive Clinic will do this free of charge for our clients on the drive way and test the battery at the same time. I can tell you that every year we have a car or two towed in with a frozen cooling system, it pays to check.
If your concerned about your vehicles performance drive into Clark Automotive today!
9985 Davenport St. NE
Blaine, MN 55449
Phone: (763) 784-7944
MON – FRI 8:00 – A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
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