How to Be Informed about Your Cooling System

Engine undergoing cooling system service

Many San Antonio drivers are frustrated by their vehicle’s cooling system.

Why is the cooling system so crucial? What’s its job? Does the cooling system need service?

To make things more clear, our ASE-certified technicians have answered some frequently asked questions about car cooling systems. With our help, you’ll be well-informed during every visit to your San Antonio auto repair shop.

What is the cooling system and what does it do?

The cooling system has three primary jobs:

  • Keeps the engine from overheating
  • Keep the engine’s temperature high enough to meet emission requirements
  • Provide heat in the winter

If the cooling system overheats, the entire engine could be damaged. That’s why the cooling system’s biggest responsibility is bringing down the engine’s temperature to protect moving parts from heat. During the winter, the system also heats up the passenger cab and provides heat to the defrost system.

What mistakes to drivers usually make with their cooling system?

One common myth drivers believe is that the cooling system doesn’t need maintenance. The cooling system actually does need an occasional flush. It also needs to be refilled with the proper coolant (according to the manufacturer’s specifications). While the level of antifreeze matters, the quality of the liquid is also important.

What is coolant?

Coolant is a mixture of water, antifreeze and protective additives. Coolant is meant to keep the car’s inner parts cool and rust free. It’s crucial to use high-quality antifreeze, which will not clog up the system.

How does Christian Brothers Automotive Alamo Heights handle cooling system service?

When our professionals work on the cooling system, they first check for any leaks. Then, they inspect the coolant’s quality and make sure the radiator cap is in peak condition. Our experts also use BG flushing products to completely clean out the system and use a BG additive to extend the life of the water pump. The cooling system is one of the most essential systems in the car, and needs to be taken care of.

At Christian Brothers Automotive, we take cooling system service seriously.

While the cooling system does not require frequent service, it should be inspected every time you come in for an oil change. By keeping up with the cooling system’s condition, you can avoid having your engine overheat.

If it’s time for a cooling system inspection, call Christian Brothers Automotive Alamo Heights in San Antonio, Texas. You’ll see the nice difference!