Florida drivers don’t need to be told their vehicle’s cooling system is extremely important, especially with our triple digit summer temperatures. The hotter it is outside, the more work your car must do so the engine doesn’t overheat.
A car’s cooling system regulates the engine temperature by keeping firm control over the tiny explosions your engine produces as it works. Today, the ASE-certified technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive in Clermont, Florida break down the parts of your vehicle’s cooling system.
Radiator and Radiator Cap
The radiator is made up of a series of fins and tubes, which dissipate heat from the coolant fluid. The coolant fluid is sent back to the water pump after it reaches the correct temperature. To make sure the cooling system is always at the correct pressure level, the radiator cap has a spring-loaded valve, which releases extra pressure as necessary.
Coolant, otherwise known as antifreeze, flows through the hot engine, absorbing the heat as it goes. From there, it enters the radiator to be cooled off. Always check which formula and mixture your vehicle manufacturer recommends to help you choose between the many different types available.
The thermostat must keep the engine at its ideal operating temperature by regulating the flow of coolant into the engine. Only when the engine heats up does the thermostat allow coolant to flow, otherwise it remains shut.
The water pump, often considered the heart of the cooling system, is normally located at the front of the cylinder block. A hose from the radiator to the water pump carries coolant where centrifugal force pushes the liquid back out and into the engine.
Is your vehicle’s cooling system acting up? Contact the auto repair experts at Christian Brothers Automotive Clermont for a cooling system check today. It’s time to discover the nice difference!