Have you ever been driving down the road and noticed a car on the side with its hood up and the driver looking distressed? We all have and many of us may have even been in that situation ourselves at one time or another. Sometimes it’s because we ran out of gas or had gotten a flat tire, but 9 times out of 10, the reason for the vehicle breakdown is due to a cooling system failure. The car overheated and shut down leaving the driver stranded on the side of the road calling for a tow truck.
As with any of the systems on your car, routine and proper maintenance will make it last longer and run smoothly for many years to come. Knowing more about your car’s cooling system and how it works will enable you to better understand it and what it needs to reliably keep your car’s engine cool.
The main ingredient which is a big factor in the operation of your car’s cooling system is the coolant itself. Coolant, or anti-freeze, keeps your car’s engine cool and protects it from overheating or freezing up on you. Over time, the coolant’s effectiveness will wear off and it will need to be replaced. Your car’s cooling system should be checked on a regular basis and the coolant should be replaced every 1 to 2 years depending on mileage and manufacturer’s recommendations.
There are some other factors which could require you to change your coolant more frequently:
- Coolant light illuminated
- Abnormal temperature gauge readings
- No heat from vents
- Service performed on radiator, thermostat or heater core
If you are in doubt about the condition of your car’s cooling system or the coolant itself, let one of our certified technicians at GIC Car Clinic inspect, diagnose and properly repair your car’s cooling system and get you back on the road. We have many years of experience and expertise in repairing heating and cooling systems in your car; our cooling system inspection includes:
- Radiator and cap inspection and testing
- Electric or mechanical cooling fan inspection
- Water pump, thermostat and hose inspection and testing
- Serpentine belt inspection and replacement
- Cooling system electronic system tests
- Heater core test
- Coolant evaluation
- Troubleshoot external coolant leaks
- Diagnose internal coolant leaks such as blown head gaskets
Contact the professionals at GIC Car Clinic in San Jose, California and have these cooling components tested and inspected, you can be assured of the proper operation of your car’s cooling system and know that you are doing everything you should to ensure that your car is well taken care of and will provide you with many years of enjoyment and safe, reliable use.