Olympia Auto Repair

Your Car's Cooling System - What Does it Do?

The cooling system in your vehicle has an important job. This system helps to transfer heat that is emitted from your engine to the radiator, where that heat is then released. Without a working cooling system, your engine will likely overheat and corrosion to major parts will occur. This rapid wear can lead to expensive repairs. If you suspect a problem with your vehicle’s cooling system, it's important to have it inspected and repaired as soon as possible to avoid engine damage. 

A properly working cooling system will circulate coolant throughout the engine to lubricate components and acts as a transmitter of heat. If your vehicle is constantly overheating, this can be an indication of a cooling system problem. We recommend that your vehicle’s cooling system is inspected at least once a year. Our experts will look at fluid levels, look for leaks, and check parts of your engine for corrosion. If the coolant is dirty or low, we will recommend a cooling system flush to replace oil fluid and to clean the fluid chambers. If you notice a leak underneath your vehicle that is green or orange, this can indicate a coolant leak which can cause issues with the system.

A problem with your engine’s cooling system can sometimes be caused by a blown head gasket or a radiator leak. In order to determine the exact cause of the issue, we perform a cooling system pressure test which allows us to simulate the engine getting hot. This process allows us to see where the issue with the cooling system may be occurring.

An issue with the water pump can also cause a problem with the cooling system. In order to release the heat generated from the engine, the coolant must be well-circulated throughout. The water pump in the cooling system has the job of driving the coolant and protecting the circulation required for heat exchange. It helps the engine to reach the correct temperature for operation and regulates this temperature to avoid overheating. 

If you suspect an issue with your vehicle’s cooling system, bring your vehicle to the experts at Olympic Transmissions & Auto Care for an inspection today!

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