Why is the cooling system important? What does it do? Does the system need maintenance?
To clear up the frustration, our ASE-certified technicians have answered the most frequently asked questions about the cooling system. Our goal is to bring end the confusion so you’re never left stranded.
What is the cooling system and what does it do?
The cooling system has three main functions:
- Keeps the engine from overheating
- Keep the engine’s temperature high enough to meet emission requirements
- Provide heat in the winter
If the vehicle overheats, the whole engine could be destroyed. That’s why the cooling system’s main responsibility is to bring down the temperature under the hood and protect the engine’s moving parts from excess heat. Additionally, during the winter the cooling system heats up the passenger compartment and provides heat to the defrost system.
What mistakes to drivers usually make with their cooling system?
One common misconception is that the cooling system does not require maintenance. In fact, the cooling system does need to be occasionally flushed and refilled with the proper coolant (according to the specifications in the owner’s guide). While it is necessary for the car to hold the right amount of antifreeze, the quality of the liquid is also critical.
What is coolant?
Coolant is a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. Coolant is designed to keep the vehicle’s inner parts cool and rust free. It’s essential that you use high-quality antifreeze, which will not clog the system.
How does Christian Brothers Automotive Alliance handle cooling system service?
When our specialists work on the cooling system, they first inspect for leaks. Then, they check the coolant’s quality and ensure the radiator cap is in excellent condition. Our specialists also use BG flushing chemicals to clean out the system and use a BG additive to prolong the life of the water pump. The cooling system is one of the most important systems in the car, and should be taken care of.
At Christian Brothers Automotive, we take cooling system service seriously.
While the cooling system does not need regular maintenance, it should be inspected every time you’re in for service. By keeping up with the cooling system, you can avoid having your engine overheat.
If it’s time for a cooling system inspection, call Christian Brothers Automotive Alliance in Ft Worth, Texas. You’ll see the nice difference!