How to Maintain Your Cooling System

How often do you think about the cooling system in your vehicle? Most people just take this function of their car for granted, but the cooling system is actually very important. The combustion of fuel and conversion of fuel to energy generates an enormous amount of heat. 

If the cooling system is in disrepair, that heat can damage or fuse parts, rendering your vehicle completely useless. If that happens, you will most likely be better off getting a different car than paying for repairs. Here’s what you can do to maintain your cooling system and lengthen the life of your car.

Coolant Levels

You should check all of the fluid levels of your vehicle at least once per week or whenever you fill your gas tank. This includes your oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and radiator fluid. Keep your coolant or radiator fluid at the full line of the overflow container under the hood of your vehicle. 

If the level drops, you should add a 50/50 mix of coolant and water, unless you have purchased a coolant that has already been diluted. If you lose coolant rapidly or consistently, you should see a mechanic to  discover the cause for the leak.

Cleaning the Radiator

Your radiator should be cleaned out about once or twice a year. You can usually combine this service with one of your scheduled oil changes or tune-ups. Cleaning out the radiator can rid it of debris and buildup that could cause damage to the cooling system if left unchecked.

Cooling System Flushes

Most cooling systems should be flushed about once per year, unless the manufacturer states otherwise. A cooling system flush requires cleaning out the radiator and flushing it and the rest of the cooling system with fluid to remove buildup and debris. Doing this will greatly improve the function of your cooling system so that you don’t ever have to worry about the engine overheating.

If your car needs cooling system maintenance, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment for service.