Kansas Vehicle Cooling Systems 101
Many Kansas drivers confuse their vehicle’s cooling system with the AC system. While both systems are responsible for cooling down the car, the air conditioning cools you while the cooling system takes care of cooling the engine. The AC is a nice luxury during a blistering summer, but the cooling system is a necessity all year long.
What is the cooling system?
Your cooling system has a big job to do. There’s a fluid inside called the coolant, which is a mixture of water, antifreeze and protective additives. This fluid flows through the engine, radiator, heater core and water pump. It picks up excess heat and redistributes it into the ventilation system or outside the vehicle. It also protects these components against corrosion and wear.
Over time, the coolant will lose its potency and should be replaced every 30,000-60,000 miles. At Christian Brothers Automotive Shawnee, we’re serious about maintaining your cooling system. It’s an essential system that could have dire consequences on the rest of your vehicle if it’s not properly cared for.
A few facts about coolant:
- Different car manufacturers require different coolants. Check your owner’s manual to ensure you’re receiving the right product.
- Coolant is commonly referred to as antifreeze, but coolant is actually a mixture of water, antifreeze and protective additives
- Overheating is the most common cause of car breakdowns, especially in Kansas. Clean coolant with regular maintenance is the best defense against this unfortunate situation.
The Nice Difference in cooling system maintenance
At the Christian Brothers Automotive Shawnee auto repair shop, we go beyond the typical cooling system service. Our ASE-certified experts look at the system in its entirety and will recommend full system service and fluid flushes as needed. We check the level and quality of coolant every time your car is brought in for service to keep you from being stranded with a coolant leak.
If it’s time for cooling system service, call Christian Brothers Automotive in Shawnee, Kansas today. See the nice difference!