The California sun can be a real scorcher, and your vehicle's cooling system is responsible for keeping your engine from overheating. The cooling system consists of a radiator, water pump, thermostat, and hoses, all working together to maintain your engine's optimal operating temperature. If any part of the cooling system fails, your car could overheat and cause serious damage to the engine. Here are some tips for maintaining your vehicle's cooling system.
- Check the coolant level often: The coolant level should be looked at least once a month, especially during hot weather. The coolant level should be between the minimum and maximum marks on the reservoir. If the level is low, add a 50-50 blend of coolant and water.
- Inspect the radiator hoses: Look for cracks, leaks, and soft spots on the hoses. If the hoses feel soft or mushy, it's time to replace them. Hoses that are too hard or brittle may be a sign that they're overheating.
- Flush the cooling system: Over time, the cooling system can accumulate rust, scale, and other contaminants that can clog the radiator and reduce its effectiveness. Flushing the cooling system every two years will remove these contaminants and ensure that your car's cooling system is operating at its best.
- Replace the thermostat: The thermostat regulates the engine's temperature by opening and closing the cooling system's circulation. If the thermostat is stuck open or closed, it can cause your engine to overheat. Experts recommend replacing the thermostat every five years.
- Inspect the water pump: The water pump moves the coolant through the engine and radiator. If the water pump is leaking or making noise, it's time to replace it.
- Keep the radiator clean: The radiator's job is to cool the engine by dissipating heat. Over time, dirt, bugs, and debris can accumulate on the radiator fins, reducing its cooling efficiency. Use a soft brush or compressed air to clean the radiator regularly.
By following these helpful words of advice, you can help keep your car's cooling system in top shape. However, if you're experiencing any problems with your cooling system or have any concerns, bring your car to The Model Garage.