Cooling System Problems

How does the cooling system work?


Performing basic maintenance on a vehicle?s cooling system, before extreme weather conditions arrive, can save money and aggravation down the road. A vehicle?s cooling system keeps the engine from overheating by transferring heat to the air. It also helps to keep the engine at a constant temperature, and the thermostat helps to heat up the engine in a short time period.


How do I know if something is wrong with the cooling system?


Temperature gages and warning lights for engines should warn the driver if the engine temperature is too cold or too hot. Sustained high temperatures can harm the engine, and cold temperatures may result in poor fuel economy and damage to the engine. A bad thermostat, engine fan, or leaks in the system can wreck havoc with the temperature, as can a damaged or loose belt or hose.


What are my options?


The vehicle can either be taken to a local dealer or repair shop, or the owner can repair it, depending on the complexity of the problem. There are numerous automotive websites that advertise repair services and sell parts. Other sites offer free DIY instructions, and/or offer repair manuals or how-to books.

 

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