Did you know that overheating is the most common cause of mechanical breakdowns on the road? It is even more typical with the extreme heats of our desert climate. And that overheating can cause severe damage to the engine and the transmission. Maintaining your vehicle’s radiator, fluids and cooling system is essential to keeping you and your old or new friend on the road.
Coolant (anti-freeze) protects your engine from overheating and from freezing. The coolant’s effectiveness can diminish over time and lose many of its protective properties, causing your radiator to rust and corrode. The cooling system itself can get clogged with built-up deposits from oil, grease, scale, hose decomposition and other materials.
Most customers know it’s recommended that a vehicle has oil changes at regular intervals. Drivers typically don’t realize, however, about the proper intervals for changing their vehicle’s other vital fluids. For the cooling system, check your car’s owner’s manual to see the recommended interval for changing the coolant in your vehicle but you’ll want to come to Buddy’s now if you have any of the following symptoms:
• Your vehicle has recently overheated
• You have had to add coolant
• Your coolant or temperature light comes on
• Your temperature gauge reads higher or lower than normal (should read the center of your gauge)
• Your heater does not work