Did you know that your engine's radiator and cooling system need to be serviced and maintained regularly? One of the responsibilities of radiator fluid (antifreeze/coolant) is to keep your engine from overheating while it's running. The fluid is pumped into the engine block to pick up heat that is generated by the engine. Then, the hot fluid gets pumped out to the radiator to be cooled off by the surrounding air. This cycle continues over and over again while your engine is running. Over time, the coolant's pH level changes to become more acidic. It eventually transforms into a corrosive acid, which eats away at your cooling system's components! Old coolant with an acidic pH balance is the leading cause of leaky radiators, water pumps, and heater cores!
Most manufacturers recommend a cooling system flush about every 24,000 to 36,000 miles. However, it is a good idea to check your radiator fluid regularly between those intervals to make sure:
- The coolant to water mixture is at the correct proportions (usually about 50/50, depending on your climate)
- The pH level is safe for your engine (the pH balance should be somewhere between 9.5 and 10)
- The coolant level is within the manufacturer's recommended range
Whether you need a simple cooling system flush, or a new radiator, we can help. At City Auto Clinic, our skilled mechanics have the proper tools to service your cooling system and dispose of your old antifreeze/coolant properly.
Warning about overheating
It is a good idea to get in the habit of watching your gauges regularly. It's easy to forget about that temperature gauge and allow your engine to overheat. If your engine is overheating, and you find yourself pulling over to add water, don't neglect it! If you allow your engine to get too hot, you risk major damage, which often results in a blown head gasket--or worse--warped heads! These types of engine damage can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Sometimes it just takes a new thermostat to fix an overheating problem. If your engine is running hot, give us a call before it's too late!
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