Radiator Repair Services

It is a common occurrence to someone on the side of the road, hunched over his car with the front open, with billows of smoke and steam flowing out of his engine. Those are signs of a malfunctioning radiator. You do not want to be that guy. Not only will you feel frustrated and annoyed, you will also end up wasting a lot of time as you wait for an auto shop repair mechanic to make their way to you. You can avoid all these problems by making sure that your car’s cooling system is working properly. This can be achieved by following a regular auto maintenance schedule at your trusted auto shop.

The following are the components of your car’s cooling system:

1) Radiator

The radiator has a set of tubes in which the engine coolant flows through, cooling the engine and ensuring that it does not overheat. This set of tubes is known as the radiator core and is surrounded by cooling fins. The engine coolant will spread the heat to the cooling fins from the radiator core. The cooling fins will then dissipate the heat.

2) Radiator cap

The radiator cap covers the hole where the engine coolant is usually introduced into the radiator. The radiator cap also functions to make sure that the entire cooling system is under a constant pressure.

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3) Radiator hoses

The engine coolant travels from the radiator to the engine through a system of sturdy hoses that are flexible and capable of withstanding extremes of pressure and temperature, as well as engine vibration.

4) Thermostat

This is pretty much like your average thermostat at home. It functions to keep the car engine at a specific temperature, to avoid extremes that can be harmful to the car and detrimental to your driving experience.

5) The water pump

The water pump functions like your normal heart. It can therefore be said to be the heart of the entire engine cooling system. It ensures that the engine coolant has been distributed throughout the entire cooling system, ending up in the engine block.

Some of the things that you need to look out for when it comes to your engine’s cooling system include:

1) Flushing your radiator

Always make sure that you flush your radiator as is regulated by your car’s manufacturer. You can find this information in your car’s manual or the manufacturer’s website.

2) Engine cooling fan sounds

It is quite normal to be hearing sounds emanating from your engine’s cooling fan. It may therefore be running constantly, or not, depending on the engine’s computer. This should not worry you.

3) The role of the air conditioner in keeping your engine cool

Contrary to popular expectations, switching on your air conditioner does not make your engine cooler. Instead, it only makes your engine work harder and this will translate into more heat being produced by your car engine. This is the direct opposite of what you were aiming for by switching on the air conditioner.

4) Coolant levels

It is important to remember that your engine coolant needs to be replaced from time to time. Checking the engine coolant’s levels before driving out will help you avoid catastrophe while driving on the road.

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