Cooling System Maintenance Tips

Posted by Clay 

A late model vehicle builds enough heat to warm a three bedroom home on a zero degree day!

A cooling system in poor condition can cause overheating during simple tasks such as sitting idle in traffic . If you do get caught in traffic and you notice the temperature gauge beginning to rise, the National Automotive Radiator Service Association (NARSA) offers up these cooling system maintenance tips to keep your vehicle from overheating:

  • Turn off the A/C-The extra¬†heat from the A/C condenser in front keeps the radiator from removing¬†engine heat.
  • Turn on the heater -The heater will draw some of the heat from the engine to the inside of the vehicle. Once you safely have pulled off of the road, turn off the vehicle to let the engine cool down.

Have a preventative cooling system check at least every two years. The test should include:

  1. Radiator pressure cap test to check for the recommended system pressure level
  2. Thermostat check for proper opening and closing
  3. Pressure test to identify any external leaks to the cooling system
  4. Visual inspection of all cooling system components, including belts and hoses
  5. System power flush and refill with car manufacturer’s recommended concentration of coolant
  6. Engine cooling fan test, for proper operation.

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