Keep your engine from overheating and prevent corrosion with proper cooling and heating service and repair. Let’s examine this topic in two areas: first the coolant itself and, second, the parts that make up the cooling system.
You need the right amount and kind of coolant. Different makes of vehicles require different coolant formulations to protect against corrosion. Your coolant also needs to be fresh. Over time and miles, the anti-corrosion additives in the coolant are depleted, and the coolant can actually start to eat away at the cooling system parts. Your owner’s manual and your All Pro Servicenter service adviser in West Des Moines, Iowa can help you with the recommended coolant replacement schedule and make sure you’re getting the right type of coolant.
A coolant flush is important for a number of reasons:
- Protects the system from corrosion. Coolant passes through different metals in the engine such as iron and aluminum causing electrolysis. This condition will cause the coolant to actually erode away the metals and gaskets in the system.
- Lubricates your water pump. Coolant also contains chemicals that lubricate the bearings in the water pump. Over time it loses the ability to lubricate just like engine oil.
- Maintains your heater system. Flushing the coolant will keep debris from forming in the cooling system and plugging up the heater core. When the heater core plugs up, you will lose the performance of the heating system inside the car.
- Remove contaminates. As the coolant travels it picks up contaminates. These particles will collect in the heater core and radiator preventing the system from working properly.
- Maintains vehicle warranty
Now let’s talk about the cooling system components. These will all eventually wear out and need to be replaced.
Starting with the radiator, we see them coming into the shop with leaks or clogged with deposits. Depending on the damage, we will clean, repair, or replace it. We also see radiator pressure caps that can no longer hold the proper pressure. We recommend replacing pressure caps when you change your coolant to avoid this problem.
We see leaky water pumps and hoses that need to be replaced too. There’s also a part called the thermostat that opens and closes to regulate the flow of coolant. Sometimes they stick open or closed and the cooling system won’t work properly.
Engine damage from overheating can be very expensive to fix, so it’s important to maintain your cooling system properly with scheduled coolant replacement and periodic inspections of the cooling system. Come to All-Pro Servicenter if you suspect a leak and have us take a look!