Riding in your car should be a comfortable experience no matter the season. Keep your vehicles coolant system working great by keeping up with your vehicles manufacturers recommended maintenance.
Keeping your car’s heating and cooling systems operating properly may involve a variety of maintenance services or repairs. Having your vehicle checked regularly can help identify and resolve issues before they become more serious—and more costly–problems. Parts associated with your heating system are:
- serpentine belt
- cooling sensor
- heater core
- heater hoses
- radiator cap
- radiator hoses
- radiator fan/fan clutch
- water pump
- fan belts
How does your vehicle generate heat?
The heat that is generated by your engine is used to warm the air that flows into the passenger compartment to a comfortable temperature.
How do I know if there is a problem?
- Temperature light may come on
- Temperature gauge readout is out of normal range
- Heater does not produce heat
What kind of maintenance should I be doing?
Coolant (or anti-freeze) protects your engine from overheating and from freezing. Check your owner’s manual or contact your mechanic for the manufacturer recommendations for replacement of the anti-freeze in your vehicle. This can be performed as a “drain and fill” or you may choose to have a complete flush of the radiator system that typically includes the following:
- Complete inspection of radiator system
- Pressure test the system to check for leaks
- Add flush chemicals to the radiator
- Power flush system
- Refill system with anti-freeze
- Add sealant/lubricant as needed