COOLING SYSTEM SERVICE AND REPAIR
You might not think much about your vehicle’s cooling system until you’re sitting on the side of the highway waiting for a tow truck. Your vehicle’s cooling system is responsible for preventing your engine from overheating by reducing the temperature inside of it. When this system fails to work properly, it can cause your engine to overheat and keep you from getting where you need to go. The best way to avoid this issue is to schedule regular cooling system maintenance service with one of our highly qualified European car mechanics in Chicago, Illinois.
How Your Cooling System Works
Your vehicle’s cooling system consists of the water pump, cooling fan, radiator, thermostat, heater valve, heater core, and other various components that work together primarily to dissipate and remove heat from your vehicle’s engine. If your cooling system isn’t operating correctly, excess heat is allowed to build up inside your engine.
When the system works as it should, the thermostat opens, releasing coolant (antifreeze) from the engine to the radiator as soon as the engine reaches the maximum operating temperature. This initiates the cycle by which excess heat is absorbed.
Once the coolant flows from the engine to the radiator, the excess heat escapes through a series of flattened tubes in the radiator. The radiator is located where incoming air, in conjunction with the cooling fan, reduces the temperature of the antifreeze – which is then re-released into the engine to absorb additional heat.
Antifreeze also serves as a lubricant for your car’s water pump and thermostat, as well as containing additives that prevent rust and corrosion from forming inside your engine and various components of the cooling system. Additionally, its temperature regulating properties protect these components from freezing in the winter.
Cooling System Service by Trusted European Car Mechanics in Chicago, Illinois
The antifreeze in your cooling system breaks down over time, becoming less effective. If it isn’t drained and replaced regularly, old antifreeze can lead to corrosion. When you bring your European luxury car in for service, our technicians will drain the coolant from the radiator, flush the system, and fill the radiator with new antifreeze. This will help keep your cooling system functioning properly and your vehicle’s engine cool and comfortable – avoiding costly repair bills.
During your service visit, our team will inspect your cooling fan, as well as the fan belt and the radiator hoses, to make sure they don’t show signs of damage. A cracked or broken radiator hose can lead to engine failure. We can also use a radiator pressure test to check for potential leaks before they cause major issues.
Ultimately, scheduling basic cooling system and radiator maintenance can save you a great deal of time, money, and aggravation. Call or stop in today to learn more about this important aspect of vehicle maintenance.