There’s a great deal of misinformation circulating about vehicle repair. Every time a question it asked, the answer seems to change.
Add inexperienced mechanics and unethical auto repair shops to the conversation, and it’s hard to find a straight answer.
This could result in unnecessary services and the wrong recommendation could cause extensive harm to your vehicle. That’s why the ASE-certified technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive Helotes want to set the record straight.
Today, we’ll bust the three cooling system myths most Helotes drivers believe.
Cooling System Myth #1: This system doesn’t need service
Many drivers believe the cooling system is a maintenance-free system. In some vehicles, when coolant wears out, it may create rust and cause rust particles to become electrically charged. When this happens, the coolant can become highly corrosive, resulting in major damage to the engine and cooling system.
Cooling System Myth #2: A small coolant drip isn’t a big deal
A tiny amount of fluid on the garage floor may not seem like a big deal, but it can be. It’s against both state and federal laws to dump antifreeze and other dangerous chemicals into surface waters. When your car is parked on the street and leaking coolant, that’s exactly what you’re doing. Rainwater washes the coolant into the storm drain, which then dumps these hazardous substances into your community’s water supply. A leak can also cause serious corrosion along the cooling system, which would result in expensive repairs.
Cooling System Myth #3: When your car is overheating, you should slow down
Engine cooling is a combination of coolant flow and airflow across the radiator. When your car overheats, the best solution is to increase car speed to provide more coolant flow and more airflow. Another trick is to turn your heater on full-volume. The heater is essentially a cooling coil that dumps heat from the engine into the cabin of the vehicle. You might be uncomfortable, but you’ll save the engine.
Your cooling system is a complex part of the vehicle’s function
With the right information, you can help your vehicle drive stronger for longer.
If you have any questions about the cooling system or are in need of an inspection, call Christian Brothers Automotive in Helotes, Texas today. You’ll see the nice difference!