At Christian Brothers Automotive Green Oaks, we take cooling system service seriously.
Today, we’re going to take a look at what the cooling system does and how to maintain it. There’s nothing worse than a roadside breakdown caused by an overheating engine in the middle of your morning commute.
What is the cooling system?
First things first, the cooling system is not the AC system. This could be a fatal mistake for your engine. While air conditioning is a nice luxury, the cooling system is vital to your car’s drivability.
Keeping your engine at a safe operating temperature is the main goal of the cooling system. This is easier said than done. The cooling system utilizes coolant (also called antifreeze) to dissipate heat created by the combustion engine. Coolants are typically a mixture of ethylene or propylene glycol with de-mineralized water.
It’s also important to note that coolant does not last the entire lifetime of the vehicle. It needs to be consistently monitored. The cooling system doesn’t need a full maintenance overhaul with every oil change, but the antifreeze levels should be checked and corrected. It’s also important to check the quality of this fluid.
When should you schedule cooling system maintenance?
Most manufacturers recommend full service every 30,000-60,000 miles (or 3-5 years). While your cooling system does not need frequent work, there’s no better Grand Prairie auto repair shop than Christian Brothers Automotive Green Oaks. During service, our ASE-certified technicians drain the old coolant and refill it with fresh coolant, ready to work.
Why we rarely recommend a coolant (or radiator) flush
While some auto mechanics suggest a full system flush, we’ve found through our own experience this loosens too much buildup and can actually cause problems in other parts of the vehicle.
For example, breaking loose an excessive amount of buildup will cause heat exchangers to become clogged and render the cooling system useless. In other words, a full flush will turn a simple problem (that could’ve been easily solved) into a much more complex situation.
We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have about your cooling system! Plus, we cover all cooling system services with our 2-year/24,000-mile Nice Difference Warranty. To schedule a cooling system inspection today, call Christian Brothers Automotive Green Oaks in Grand Prairie, Texas. Your engine will thank you!