Cooling system maintenance tips

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The owner’s manual of your car provides you with the ideal frequency of maintaining your engine’s cooling system. Speedy Auto is the ideal place to get your heating and cooling system looked at for maintenance or repair if needed. A well maintained cooling system can help prevent wear of your engine. Here are some tips you can use to avoid wear and breakdowns:

  • Coolant Level: You should be re-filling your coolant if it has been more than two years since you have drained it last. However that’s not the only time that you should flush out and re-fill the coolant. Over time your engine wears out and can become contaminated. If this happens, you need to re-fill with fresh coolant. Follow the owner’s manual for directions of this process.

  • Flush your Engine: The cleaner your engine is, the cooler it will run, preventing wear and tear. Modern cars are not in need of performing an engine flush, however if it’s an older car, you might be in need of an engine flush. An engine flush is meant to remove deposit build-ups, cleans up what the filter misses, keep the engine parts clean, and keep new oil clean.

  • Inspect Hoses: It is recommended by most manufacturers to replace your hoses once every four years, however this is not always the case. It is important to inspect the hoses for any cracks or holes. Hoses in the cooling system need to remain sealed to provide proper protection and keep the engine from overheating.

  • Leaks: Usually it is easy to notice a leak. If there is a leak, you can see the coolant dripping, seeping, dripping or bubbling. If you realize any leakage internally or externally, make sure to have it inspected and repaired.

  • Use Your Heater: This might sound odd but if your vehicle begins to overheat, turn on the heater and open the windows. The heater will help dissipate the heat as the interior fan directs air across the heater core.

Your owner’s manual will indicate the ideal frequency for maintenance on your engine cooling and Speedy Auto Service is the ideal place to get it done.

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