We are often asked questions about the cooling system, the system that cools your engine and maintains proper operating temperature. The special fluid in your vehicle is the mix of water and coolant, which circulates through the engine to dissipate heat. The engine cannot keep cool if your coolant level is low. We can check your vehicle’s coolant level and ensure you get the right type of fresh coolant to protect against corrosion.
Over time and miles, the anti-corrosion additives in the coolant are depleted and the coolant can eat away at the cooling system parts. Your owner's manual and service adviser here can help you with the recommended coolant replacement schedule.
The cooling system components will all eventually wear out and need to be replaced. The radiator may develop leaks and deposit clogs. Depending on the damage, we can clean, repair, or replace. We can also replace radiator pressure caps that can no longer hold the proper pressure, which we recommend replacing when you change the coolant to avoid this problem.
We often see leaky water pumps and hoses that need to be replaced. There is a part called the thermostat, which opens and closes to regulate the flow of coolant and can malfunction by sticking open or closed.
Engine damage from overheating can be very expensive. We can periodically inspect your vehicle’s cooling system.