Your radiator is the first lines of defense against an engine overheat. Maintaining your radiator can easily save you the trouble and the expense of an avoidable engine repair. Phoenix Arizona is known for its extreme temperatures which can easily contribute to an engine overheating. As we all know, the vast majority of engine problems are due to an overheat somewhere in the system, and avoiding these problems will be the key to an engine with long life at peak performance.
Understanding the way your vehicle temperature is controlled is the first step to avoiding engine overheating problems. Let’s talk a little bit about the components that make up the cooling system, as well as what to watch out for.
Radiator – This component is the first thing that the average driver thinks about when the temperature gauge begins to rise. Without the proper level of fluids in the radiator, the temperature from the engine cannot be transferred out of the car fast enough and the temperature soars. Furthermore, the radiator fluid needs changing every two years to maintain the health of the radiator, as well as the hoses that carry the fluid.
Radiator Hoses – The two main hoses that connect allow coolant to run through the system are quite important. If one of these hoses becomes brittle, develops a leak or becomes brittle, then it needs repair immediately. Though the process for this repair is small, allowing it to go unattended will have serious repercussions.
Water Pump – The water pump is what actually moves the engine coolant through the system. Without this piece, the engine coolant would remain stagnant and the coolant would boil very quickly. It is quite accurate to say that the water pump is the beating heart of the engine cooling process.
If you maintain these two components, then you can seriously cut down on the level of engine overheating problems you encounter. This in turn will help make your vehicle more reliable and cut down on money spent on repairs in the long run.
In the event that your vehicle does experience an engine overheating problem, we have a full machine shop so we can perform complete engine repairs and restore your vehicle to health and peak performance. At Johnston’s Automotive we feel that the more you know about your car, the better you will be able to protect your investment for the future and maintain it at peak performance.
When treated well, a vehicle can often serve you well for upwards of 20 years or more. This is meaningful because it will keep you out of expensive car payments and allow you to plan for the future. Our goal is to show our customers that when their vehicle is repaired by professionals, they can expect reliability and longevity for years to come.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all. We are pleased to help you with whatever you need and our staff will make sure that you get whatever your car needs.