Why Your Automobile's Cooling System Needs Regular Inspections


When it comes to your engine coolant for your car, many drivers believe all they need to do is top the fluid off when it starts getting low. The cooling system plays a role in your car engine's health, and as well as other vital components of your car. Consider getting a regular inspection of your car's cooling system for these three reasons.

1. Major Damage Can Happen Due To Small Leaks

If you notice a puddle underneath where you parked your car, you should definitely investigate where the leak is coming from. A damaged coolant hose can cause the hose to unexpectedly burst while driving, and a leaking radiator can cause all coolant to escape.

There are also damages that can occur that are completely unrelated to your car. For examples, coolant liquids on the ground can be harmful to animals that try to drink it, making them very ill. Coolant lost in the street will eventually wash down storm drains, and can potentially contaminate the local water supply.

2. Corrosion Can Be Caused By Old Coolant

A common mistake is not thinking anything is wrong with your car's cooling system if there isn't a leak. The problem is that old coolant can actually break down over time. Old fluid is less effective at cooling an engine, and can create rust particles that flow through your engine and radiator. 

3. Coolant Needs To Be Flushed

Radiators that are only refilled, can leave contaminants and mineral deposits in the fluid. The importance of having the fluid flushed is not only to replace the old coolant in the system, but to clean out the buildup of contaminants that have slowly accumulated inside the cooling system. By clearing out the contaminants, you will be taking a necessary step to prevent damage from happening to your car's engine.

It's a good idea to have your car's cooling system flushed every 2 years, or anytime between 40,000-60,000 miles. The cost can vary depending on the kind of car you have, but the average would be $109 at an auto repair shop. If you do the job yourself, expect to pay an average of $21 in supplies.

By being aware of these three reasons to inspect your car's cooling system, you will be taking the necessary steps to keep your car's engine and other vital components working properly. 

To learn more, contact an auto repair shop like Foley Auto & RV Repair


10 June 2015

Keep Your Vehicle Safe

Hello. My name’s Samuel Jacobs. I retired from my job as an auto mechanic last year. During my years as a mechanic, I had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. Some have remained friends to this day. When I was working, there is one thing that I came across at least weekly. That is how uneducated people are when it comes to their vehicle’s tires. Properly cared for tires are crucial to the safety of your vehicle. Without them, your car isn’t going anywhere. If they give out on you while you are driving, there is the potential for serious injury. I’m going to share some tire safety information here. Things like the importance of correct inflation, how to check the tread, when to replace tires, tire rotation, and what to do in case of a blow-out. I hope you find this information to be helpful.