3 Tips To Keep Your Car's Cooling System Running Properly


When the weather begins to heat up, many drivers rely on their vehicle's cooling system to maintain a comfortable temperature while commuting. If your cooling system goes out, you may find yourself forced to drive without access to the cool air you have become accustomed to.

Here are three tips you can use to help ensure that your car's cooling system continues to work properly through the summer months.

1. Have your accessory belt inspected regularly.

In order to conserve space and materials, many modern cars rely on a single belt to help drive the air conditioner, water pump, and alternator. This accessory belt can be referred to as a serpentine belt, and should be inspected regularly to identify potential damage that could cause your cooling system to experience serious problems.

Make sure that you are listening for a squealing noise coming from below the hood of your car, as this could indicate that your serpentine belt is frayed or cracked. Have your mechanic inspect your belt for signs of wear before high temperatures hit (and each time you take your car in for an oil change), and you will be able to enjoy cool air in your car throughout the summer.

2. Have the quality of your car's hoses checked regularly.

Coolant is distributed through your vehicle's cooling system via a network of hoses. These hoses are made from a durable, yet flexible, plastic material that can wind through tight engine compartments and absorb the vibrations created as you drive your car each day. Hoses are prone to a number of problems that can affect the performance of your car's cooling system.

Each time you take your car in for an oil change you should have your mechanic inspect cooling system hoses for cracks, corrosion, or hardening of the inner walls of the hoses which can compromise their flexibility. Supple hoses are an essential part of any functional cooling system, so giving your car's hoses regular attention will prevent you from being forced to drive without air conditioning in the future.

3. Regularly flush your engine's coolant system.

Many of the components in your engine are made out of aluminum that can contaminate your coolant over time. Regularly flushing your engine coolant can ensure that your engine block has access to a fresh supply of antifreeze at all times.

If it has been two years or more since you drained your coolant system, contact your auto repair specialist to invest in a complete flush. 

Keeping your coolant system healthy is essential when it comes to accessing the air you need to stay cool during the summer months. Have your mechanic keep an eye on the condition of your accessory belt and hoses, and invest in regular coolant flushes to keep your cooling system running properly.


13 April 2016

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