Engine Cooling System
Cooling System is essential for the proper performance of your vehicle as well as your comfort.
The cooling system will keep your engine temperature stabilized for efficient operation at all speeds. Too much heat can destroy an engine, too little robs you of fuel economy.
Your cooling system should be checked whenever you have your oil changed. Ask the mechanic to look at the coolant levels, drive belts, radiator, radiator hoses, and heater hoses.
Depending on the age of your vehicle, you will want to change your coolant every two years (older models) or every 5 years (newer models). It is smart to check your coolant each Spring and Fall if you live in a colder climate.
Make sure your antifreeze level is adjusted to handle the coldest expected temperatures for the area you live in.
Problems with your cooling system will likely first show up on your temperature gauge. Unusual readings indicate a problem with the engine such as coolant loss, low oil level, sticky thermostat, or a broken drive belt.
If your engine overheats, turn it off and have the car serviced immediately.