How Your Vehicle Prevents Overheating
Cars are designed with a cooling system. Almost all vehicles on the road have water-cooled engines – a mixture of water and specially-formulated coolant. The coolant, or antifreeze, prevents the water from freezing and expanding in low temperatures when a vehicle is not running. The coolant circulates through channels in the engine block and is pumped to the cooling system radiator. The cooling system radiator dissipates the heat from the engine into the air.
Engine Experts of Austin
Our technicians know proper vehicle maintenance requires attention to your engine’s cooling system. We can perform a flush radiator service, usually every two or three years, and can accurately diagnose problems to recommend repair or replacement of a radiator. We can also determine if a problem or leakage can be solved by simply replacing the radiator cap or hoses.
Engine Cooling System Services
Bring in your vehicle today for a visual check or a pressure check of the cooling system and radiator cap for indications of leaks or oil content. We can check your: crankcase oil and automatic transmission fluid for water contamination and levels, temperature gauge for accuracy, fan blades and pulleys for alignment and damage, engine core plugs, and the condition and tension of drive belts. We also conduct tests of the coolant thermostat with radiator thermometer and external inspections of all hoses for cracks, swelling, brittleness and deterioration. Hoses that lead from the engine block to the radiator can become worn or brittle and crack from extreme heat or cold. The radiator cap and its seal are also exposed to heat and cold as well as extreme pressure. We can also perform an engine coolant fluid service, including a powered flush as approved.
Warnings Signs to Look For
Don’t get caught with a broken down vehicle because of a cooling system failure. Bring in your vehicle today if you notice any of the following warning signs: your engine overheats, your coolant light comes on, your temperature gauges read higher or lower than normal, your heater doesn’t work, your engine runs poorly or uses excess fuel, or you smell antifreeze (sweet, moist smell). These are all symptoms of an engine cooling system malfunction.