By Bob McGartland
LETTING OFF STEAM
A vehicle’s radiator sits front and center and when it loses its cool…look out! Steam comes pouring from under the hood. This is not a situation you want to find yourself in as it usually involves sitting on the side of the road until your car can be towed. When we inspect your vehicle we look for these warning signs so you don’t experience the pain of overheating!
- Leaking coolant – when the coolant level is low it generally means there is a leak in the cooling system.
- Discolored coolant – indicates rust & corrosion are forming, deteriorating system parts.
- Cool spots – indicates a clog.
You have probably heard about coolant fluid exchanges. A fluid exchange is beneficial because it removes the small particles of dirt and rust that clog up the essential elements. These elements prevent your radiator from doing its job…cooling your engine properly.
Consumers are keeping their vehicles longer in this economy and we have seen an increase in radiator replacements. Since we are driving our vehicles longer these days it isn’t surprising that left unchecked, a radiator will malfunction.
Prevention is the key to keeping your radiator healthy. We in the industry recommend that every two years or 30,000 miles, exchanging the fluid. This fluid exchange prevents corrosion and gives your radiator a longer life.
Keep in mind that if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of overheating DO NOT immediately get out of your vehicle and raise the hood. That really is steam rising out of your radiator and it will burn you very badly. Once you pull over turn the engine off and let your car cool down before you check under the hood. Better yet, call your car care provider and get a tow while you are waiting for the car to cool.
Before your vehicle lets off steam help it keep its cool with a systems check! You’ll be glad you did!
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