What's so cool about your car's cooling system?
Your car's cooling system comprises of a series of channels cast into the engine block and
cylinder head and surround the combustion chambers with circulating water / coolant to carry
away excessive heat. The radiator transfers heat from the hot liquid from the engine to the
cooler air. A centrifugal-type water pump circulates coolant, the thermostat maintains constant
temperature by automatically varying the amount of the coolant passing into the radiator and
the fan draws fresh air through the radiator.
Make sense? Maybe not, but it does to me! And while the system is complex, the bottom line is: your car's cooling system keeps your engine from overheating. Obviously, we want to keep this system working properly.
Here's how you can help:
-Tighten the radiator cap. This little cap helps maintain proper pressure throughout the
entire cooling system. (Check it when the engine has cooled.)
-Maintain proper coolant levels. If your car appears to be overheating, check coolant
-Keep your radiator clean. Dirt and debris can clog the external radiator surface reducing
-Flush your cooling system. Have this done every 45,000 miles or 5 years, whichever
comes first, to eliminate built up sediment.
Car engines normally run at about 195 degrees, but in hot weather, it can be a strain for your
system to keep the engine cool; conversely, it's a strain in extreme cold too. Keeping your
cooling system debris-free and function properly can save you money from repairs and keep you safe.
At Lance's Superior Auto, we look forward to keeping you worry free and your car cool. Call
today to schedule an appointment.
Lance's Superior Auto Service
30775 S.W. Boones Ferry Rd, Suite D, Wilsonville