Engine’s cooling system: what else should we know?
Your Engine’s Cooling System
Let’s learn about how important it is to keep always have eye on your car’s cooling system, what your car’s cooling system actually does and things that you can do to make it last for a long time!
Why Regular Maintenance is Essential
As the miles pile onto a car things might begin to happen with its cooling system. And, as a car owner, you need to know that a huge factor that affects how reliable your cooling system is is the regular maintenance (or lack of) it receives -such as coolant changes and checks of belts and hoses. Drivers need to consult their owner’s manuals for recommendations on how frequently to flush their coolant system and change the coolant.
Coolant systems in today’s cars are reliable and only need periodic maintenance. When you follow the manufacturer’s schedule of recommended maintenance, and conduct a visual inspection once in a while–StorkAuto recommends doing this–your coolant system should last as long as the car does.
What a Cooling System
A car’s cooling system’s job is to remove the extra heat that is created as you run your engine. Because of combustion, the engine makes tremendous heat and that energy needs to escape! That os when the engine coolant gets involved. The coolant absorbs engine heat and transports it to your radiator, where travels into the outside air.
See, the thing is that your car’s engine runs at its best at a high temperature, at about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If your engine is cold then its metal components wear out faster, making for an engine and vehicle that create a big deal of pollution. It also results in less efficiency from your car. A vehicle’s engine at its about-perfect temperature—not too hot and not too cold–will make it easy for its components to move around. The actual coolant running around your engine is usually a mix of H20 and ethylene glycol.
If you’re more of a visual person you should Google “car cooling system,” and from there you can find several diagrams to check out!
Checking A Vehicle’s Coolant Level
Your car’s coolant level has to be regularly checked at the coolant reservoir, and indicator lines are there to show you what level it needs to be at. If you don’t know what car’s coolant reservoir looks like, and how the concept of indicator level lines work, see what the owner’s manual tells you. If the coolant level is low in the reservoir it is recommend that a 50/50 mix water and approved antifreeze should be added. When your coolant level is checked, do a visual inspection of hoses and belts for age cracks, and the radiator for any kind of leaks.
Car owners need to be aware of signs of trouble, especially with older vehicles. One sign of cooling system issues includes the vehicle temperature gauge on the dash rising near the danger zone. If the gauge rises into the red zone, you can be about certain that you have a cooling system problem. If you see leakage anywhere, you likely have a coolant leak and should talk to a car repair person. As a result, we hope that this article will serve as a good resource for any cooling system problems you might possibly encounter.