When you own a car, you will want to keep it in the best condition possible. Part of this includes noticing when there is something out of the norm with your vehicle. You should also bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you on the correct schedule. You will need to have the coolant inspected for your vehicle as well, because coolant flushes help provide the best efficiency for your engine and radiator. The function of the coolant is to transfer heat, lubricate, and inhibit corrosion.
The main purpose of the coolant in your engine is to remove the excess heat through the radiator. Engine coolant is also called antifreeze because chemicals are added to keep it from freezing in cold climates so you can continue to operate your vehicle. The engine coolant is circulated through your engine block, radiator and heater core by the water pump. The water pump spins near the same RPM as your engine, so its bearings need to be cooled and lubricated. The antifreeze in your vehicle therefore is also a lubricant for the water pump.
The main reason to regularly change your antifreeze is to protect your engine from internal corrosion. Antifreeze contains different chemicals to maintain the pH levels and to keep the various materials from corroding. Over time, these chemicals are depleted or precipitate and will no longer protect your engine and cooling system from corrosion. It will also reduce costly repair bills, leaks and components failing.
Replacing your vehicle’s coolant is the best way to prevent future cooling system problems. Every time you replace the coolant, it is best to perform a cooling system flush as well. This will ensure that any depleted antifreeze, precipitants or corrosion products are completely removed from your vehicle’s cooling system. With the old antifreeze removed the new antifreeze will be able to better resist corrosion and with the precipitants and corrosion products removed, heat transfer will be restored to its maximum.
Whenever you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us, so we can inspect the vehicle for you. This can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle when you drive.