Preventative Cooling System Maintenance Program
- Produced by the Northside Radiators and Air Conditioning (NSRA)
Higher incidence of troubles in older vehicles
Vehicles five years and older are prime candidates for cooling system troubles, troubles that could strike when least expected. Northside Radiators and Air Conditioning experts report that cooling system service is most frequent on vehicles with more than 50,000 Kilometres. However, Northside Radiators and Air Conditioning experts note that the kilometres on a vehicle is not as big a factor in the maintenance of a cooling system as is the vehicle's age.
An aging vehicle has been exposed over time to environmental factors that can harm a car's cooling system. Salt from ocean air, soils/muds, debris and other chemicals tend to break down the metal in a radiator core.
The radiator, an integral part of the cooling system, is designed to protect an engine from the destructive forces of too much heat. Heat is produced every time a vehicle is driven, that's why it is so important to have your car's cooling system, especially the radiator, checked at least once a year.
Northside Radiators and Air Conditioning, Radiator and cooling system specialists, offer a variety of services, including flushing out radiator and cooling systems, repairing leaks and other damage to copper/brass and aluminium/plastic radiators, checking thermostats and fixing broken hoses or cracked belts and water pump replacement. They can check for corrosion and debris and often may spot and address potential problems, helping to prevent emergency car repairs down the road.
Tips for keeping car cool in traffic
Inside your cooling system
A vehicle's cooling system is designed to protect the engine from the destructive forces of too much heat. If the system isn't in good repair, simple tasks such as sitting idle in rush-hour traffic can cause a vehicle to overheat even when temperatures drop below the freezing mark.
However, if you do get caught in traffic and you notice the temperature gauge beginning to rise, the Northside Radiators and Air Conditioning says there are some things you can try to keep your vehicle from overheating.
· Give it some revs: - This will enable the vehicle to get rid of some of the engine heat and possibly promote the Thermo/Clutch Fan to engage if it hasn’t already done so.
· Turn on the heater: - The heater will draw some of the heat from the engine to the inside of the vehicle.
· Turn off the vehicle: - Once you safely have pulled off of the road, turn off the vehicle to let the engine cool down.
· Finally, have your vehicle inspected by a radiator specialist: - Radiator specialists have expertise in targeting cooling system problems, which could range from a clogged radiator core to low engine coolant to an inoperable engine fan.
12 Point Preventative Program
A car's engine generates enough heat to destroy itself. The cooling system, however, protects against damage by keeping the engine within the correct operating temperature range. That's why preventative cooling system maintenance is essential in helping to ensure your engine's life.
Northside Radiators and Air Conditioning recommends that motorists have a twelve-point preventative cooling system maintenance check at least once every year. The twelve-point program is designed to identify any areas that need attention. It consists of:
1: - Test Coolant protection level for –
a. Boiling Point
b. Freezing Point
2: - Pressure Test the Cooling system and check for any leaks
3: - Check Radiator Hoses and Heater Hoses
4: - Check System Temperature and Thermostat operation
5: - Test for Evidence of stray current
6: - Check operation of cooling fan, electric and clutch
7: - Inspect the radiator’s (Internal and External) condition
8: - Check Spouts, clamps and Engine belts
9: - Check the radiator cap seal for leaks and or deterioration
10: - Externally inspect the water pump and seals
11: - Check the Heater Tap operation
12: - Check for restrictions in air flow.
By performing regular checks, Northside Radiators and Air Conditioning radiator and cooling system specialists can help motorists prevent problems, emergency repairs and/or replacements, effectively saving the consumer time, trouble and money.