Cooling System Service
Your vehicle’s cooling system involves more than just the radiator. Its’ a complete system where the water pump circulates the coolant through the engine, heater core, and then back to the radiator for cooling.
Engine damage from overheating is very expensive. Preventative maintenance is your best course of action. Always come in immediately if you see a coolant leak!
Cooling System Overview
The first part of the coolant system is the coolant itself. Coolant is the mix of antifreeze and water that is circulated through the cooling system. It protects against warm weather boil over and cold weather freeze up. It also protects the system from corrosion and lubricates the water pump.
For the system to function properly it needs to be filled to the proper level with the proper type of fluid for the engine make and model. The coolant must also be fresh for the additive in the coolant to properly protect against corrosion.
The second part of the coolant system is the individual components of the cooling system, all of which can just wear out over time.
- Radiator: We see them come into the shop with leaks, and often they are clogged with deposits from corrosion inside the system. (See coolant, keep it fresh!)
- Radiator Caps: We see radiator caps that won’t hold the proper pressure. We recommend that you replace your radiator cap whenever you replace your antifreeze. It’s an inexpensive and quick maintenance procedure!
- Water pumps: The water pump circulates the coolant thru the system. It is common to have them start leaking because of corrosion or internal seal determination. It’s common to replace them as preventive maintenance when servicing your Timing Belt.
- Heater core: This part of the cooling system is located under the dash on most cars, and can last for years, if the system is maintained. And that means keeping fresh coolant in the system to protect against corrosion.
- Thermostat: This is the valve that regulates the coolant flow thru the system. They can stick closed and cause an overheating condition, or they can stick open which can cause your car to not reach operating temperature. Thermostats are fairly straightforward to replace. Again an economical repair.
- Hoses: Best described as the rubber pipes that tie the other components together. Hoses must operate in a wide temperature range and under pressure. We look for deterioration, soft hoses with bulges, or brittle hoses that have small cracks are a sign that preventative replacement is in order. But a word of caution, hoses wear from the inside out and often the problems can’t be seen. Again a simple cost effective preventive maintenance procedure in most cases.
Layton Carecare’s BG cooling system service consists of:
The entire cooling system is first cleaned and then all debris and worn out coolant is completely removed from the system. Then, fresh new premium coolant is added. Conditioners are also included to prevent rust and corrosion and BG Universal Cooling System Sealer is also used to prevent leaks.
Benefits of a cooling system service:
- Complete visual inspection of the system
- Overheating prevention
- Foaming prevention
- Controlled rust and corrosion
- Extended coolant life
- Balanced coolant pH