Cooling System

Cooling Systems

The cooling system in a vehicle is one of the easier systems to diagnose, if a problem arises. With the radiator being the most obvious component of this system, we sometimes forget that we also need to pay attention to the water pump, thermostat, and the hoses and belts that comprise the system as well.

The water pump brings the coolant from the radiator through the engine compartment to remove the excess heat from the engine in order to keep it from being damaged due to overheating.  The coolant is then returned to the radiator where it is cooled down to begin the process again.  There are several areas where this process can break down.

One of the most obvious signs of a problem is when a radiator overheats.  A second easily identified problem is finding coolant leaking from the engine.  Both of these if acted on immediately can help to prevent even more difficult and costly repairs.  The thermostat, showing higher than normal temperatures while you drive, also allows you to discover a problem long before it becomes critical.

Other areas that can be seen and should be checked are the hoses that transport the coolant from the radiator to the engine block.  Monitoring these for leaks can help to discover problems early on and keep your repair costs down.  We recommend that you replace your water pump when you replace your timing belts at about 60,000 to 90,000 miles.

At Kamphaus Auto Care and Emissions we can check your cooling system and help to advise you on how best to keep it running smoothly. Call 630.830.0400 or schedule an appointment online today.

 

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