How To Keep Your Vehicle From Overheating

How To Keep Your Vehicle From Overheating

| By: James Guzman, CBA Hutto Owner

While the A/C system is considered a luxury, at least in OTHER places outside of central Texas, your Cooling System is vital as it keeps your vehicle from overheating. The components of your cooling system are filled with a chemical called coolant (or antifreeze). Coolant, along with the other components of your cooling system, keep your engine at a safe operating temperature.

When fuel is burned inside an engine, a HUGE amount of heat is generated; this is on top of these scorching Texas summer temperatures, and this is where all the components of your cooling system come in to manage that heat.

Components Of The Cooling System:

  • Water Pump
  • Upper Radiator Hose
  • Lower Radiator Hose
  • Radiator
  • Coolant
  • Several Pipes and Fans
  • Thermostat

Although the engine is the heartbeat of your vehicle, how well your cooling system is maintained directly affects your engine! One of the best things you can do when it comes to your cooling system is monitor your coolant. Monitoring your coolant is not difficult, and something we help our guests with often.

How To Monitor My Coolant

  1. Your coolant does not last the entire lifetime on your vehicle. It must be monitored. While your entire cooling system will not need servicing upon every oil change, your coolant will need to be checked. One of our ASE Certified technicians will be glad to check the level, color and quality of your coolant.
  2. If you notice a coolant leak, stop by our shop in Hutto so we can determine what part of your cooling system has been compromised. It is important for even small leaks to be monitored and repaired so they do not affect the efficiency of the cooling system or even worse, affect your engine.
  3. We recommend periodic coolant flushes. This process includes completely clearing out all the old antifreeze and build up out of the system, and then putting in the new coolant so they are not mixed. It’s very popular to top off your coolant, but we never recommend this at Christian Brothers Automotive in Hutto, as it does not get rid of all the old antifreeze and build up. We also like to add conditioners to prevent rust from developing.

We’re Here For You

Whether you notice any issues or not, stop by and let one of our ASE Certified Technicians check your coolant levels and the quality of your coolant. This type of preventative maintenance will keep you, your family, and your engine from a bad and costly situation. We invite you to stop by our full-service auto repair shop on Highway 79 in Hutto for an honest and comfortable auto repair experience. Just look for the big orange hippo!

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