Cooling Systems: Don't Lose Your Cool!
Posted by carsandtrucks on Monday, October 22 @ 07:19:20 EDT
The number one cause of vehicle failure on the highway is cooling system failure.
Overheating is caused by either restricted air flow through the radiator or a lack of
circulation of coolant through the system. Automobile engines without proper cooling
generate enough heat to destroy themselves. Even running a few miles with an overheating
engine is risking doing damage that will cost in the thousands to repair. The best way to
prevent over heating from occuring is by maintaining your cooling system. The average
mileage recommendation for replacing coolant/antifreeze is 30000-40000 miles. There are
coolants that require less service. Old antifreeze will corrode the radiatior, water pump
and other vital engine components. The corriosn will cause blockage of the cooling system
leading to over heating. The hoses that transfere the coolant through the system need
to be inspected on a regular basis. Heat, vibration, cold, and age will deterioate the
rubber hoses. If hoses are cracked or show signs of wear have them replaced. I recommend
you replace any hose that is over 3 years old. The drive belt that turns the waterpump
that circulates your
coolant needs to be in good condition. Replacing the drive belt
every 30000 miles is sound advise. It would be a shame to loose a $3000.00 engine
because you neglected a $50.00 drivebelt. Most cooling system failures can be prevented
by following scheduled maintenance and routine inspections. Unfortunately, many customers
disregard the preventitive maintenance and find themselves facing huge repair bills.
Cooling system maintenance can be measured in pennies per mile when done as recommended.
Don't neglect your cooling system I guarentee that if you do you will end up on the back
of a tow truck.