The human body runs on various systems. We have our circulatory system, skeletal system, respiratory system, and so on. We need each system to work properly to remain healthy. Our vehicles are the same. They contain a series of systems that work together to keep it functioning properly. Each system needs to be properly maintained and taken care of.
This is the fifth in a series of blogs we will be posting about the various vehicle systems and their function. Please also see:
- Vehicle Systems: The Brake System
- Vehicle Systems: Belts and Hoses
- Vehicle Systems: Emission System
- Vehicle Systems: The Exhaust System
ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM
The engine cooling system has an effect on your vehicle’s engine longevity and overall dependability. The basic parts of the cooling system are responsible for moving heat from the engine and automatic transmission and making sure heat dissipates to the air outside.
Parts of the Engine Cooling System:
- Coolant (Antifreeze)
- Cooling fan
- Cooling reservoir
- Heater core
- Water pump
The water pump is responsible for circulating coolant through the engine. The coolant will absorb heat and return it to the radiator where the heat is dissipated. The thermostat is in place to regulate the temperature of the coolant to keep it consistent for optimal engine operation.
WEAR, TEAR, AND COMMON SYMPTOMS
Vehicle cooling systems have advanced over the years as far as new radiator designs and materials, and coolant formulations. With proper, regular vehicle maintenance, the major components of the cooling system can last for many years. Some factors that impact the replacement of cooling system parts include driving habits, operating conditions, the type of vehicle, the type of coolant used, and the frequency of regular maintenance such as coolant changes.
Signs that maintenance is required on the engine cooling system include:
- Repeatedly needing to add fluid
- Sweet smell
If you suspect a problem with your engine cooling system, you should have your vehicle inspected immediately. One of the easiest, and most important, items of maintenance for the cooling system is maintaining a healthy amount of coolant (antifreeze). You can check the coolant level in the reservoir under the hood easily. If low, add a mixture of 50/50 approved coolant and distilled water. Remember, to prevent serious injury, you should never open a hot radiator cap. Have the coolant changed with the correct fluid (coolant is vehicle specific) and at the proper intervals as specified in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If you are consistently losing fluid, you should have the cooling system looked over for leaks.
ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM REPAIR SERVICES PERFORMED AT MERIDIAN AUTOMOTIVE
We offer complete cooling system services.
- Check all hoses and belts
- Pressure test system
- Check heater, defroster, and cooling fan operation
- Flush and recycle antifreeze
- Correct coolant mixture to 50/50 mixture
- Ensure proper PH balance
- Check for leaks
- Radiator repair and replacement
- Road test vehicle.
If you’re in need of an engine cooling system inspection and/or repair, don’t trust just anyone, trust the experts at Meridian Automotive. Call us at (208) 297-5573 or schedule an appointment online.