The engine of your car is constantly creating friction, which in turn creates heat. The purpose of the cooling system is to reduce the amount of heat present, in order to allow the engine to work at its maximum potential. Maintaining your vehicle’s cooling system is simple, but vital in order to prolong the life of your vehicle.
We encourage you to pay close attention to the temperature gage present in your vehicle. If your automobile begins to run warmer than usual, there could be several things causing it to do so.
1) Make sure to turn off your vehicle before checking underneath it to see if there is a leak within the cooling system. Most often you will see a puddle of the antifreeze. A pressure test will most often indicate whether or not there is leak, and if so, where it is.
2) There may be a lack of circulation. This would tend to cause your vehicle to operate at a normal temperature while on the interstate, but run warmer as you drive through the town. This can be caused by a closed thermostat, a plugged radiator, a bad waterpump or a bad waterpump belt.
3) The engine may be consuming the engine coolant that had been added. If this is the case, there may be water present in the oil; as well as, the coolant being forced out through the tail pipe. This is most often caused by a broken engine block or a bad head gasket.
See one of our store representatives if your vehicle’s temperature gauge is running warmer than usual. We can do a diagnostic check to discover the problem and get it fixed quickly.