Cooling System Service
If your car runs hot, you may need to have your cooling system services. The most important and effective way to ensure your cooling system stays in top shape is to make sure the system is clean. Here at Ball Tire Co, we can clean your cooling system to help it run cool.
Over time, your vehicle’s radiator can build solid deposits which can result in clogged pipes and lines within the cooling system. A quick radiator flush at Ball Tire Co can solve this problem and keep your cooling system in shape.
Another component within your cooling system is antifreeze. It is important to remember to change your antifreeze seasonally. The experts at Ball Tire Co can help you change your antifreeze to ensure your vehicle’s system does not freeze up with cold weather strikes.
If a problem with your cooling system extends beyond a simple flush or replacement, our team can diagnose the problem. We can perform a pressure test to determine if your radiator’s pressure is correct. If the pressure test determines that it is not correct, we will check your cooling system’s caps, hoses and connections to determine if any of these components need to be replaced or repaired. If we determine that they do need to be replaced or repaired, we can give you a fair, honest quote on parts and labor.
From simple pressure tests to full radiator replacements, you can trust the team at Ball Tire Co for excellent cooling system service.
We recommend you get a seven point preventative cooling system maintenance check performed at least once every two years. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for specific guidelines. The cooling system inspection identifies areas that need attention, and consists of the following:
- A visual inspection of all cooling system components, including belts and hoses
- A radiator cap pressure test to check the recommended system pressure level
- A thermostat check for proper opening and closing
- A pressure test to identify external leaks to the cooling system parts including the radiator, water pump, engine coolant passages, radiator, heater hoses and heater core
- An internal leak test to check for combustion gas leakage into the cooling system
Cooling System Operation
The Cooling System carries heat away from the engine and maintains the operating temperature by circulating anti-freeze/coolant through the engine, and carrying it to the radiator for cooling.
Modern automobiles operate in a wide temperature range, from well below freezing to over 100 F. The fluid used to cool the engine must have a low freezing point, high boiling point, and the ability to transfer heat. An adequate amount of antifreeze/coolant and water reduces the possibility of engine over-heating and freezing, as well as contains additives to prevent rust and corrosion in the cooling system.
Water holds heat well; however, water alone freezes at a temperature too high to be used in engines. The fluid in most vehicles mixes water and antifreeze or coolant. With this mixture, the boiling and freezing points improve significantly.
Coolant temperatures sometimes reach 250 to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Even with antifreeze added, these temperatures boil the coolant. To prevent boiling, the cooling system raises the coolant boiling point by pressurizing it. Most systems pressurize coolant at 14 to 15 pounds per square inch (psi) which raises the boiling point approximately 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Our skilled technicians know the importance of a properly working cooling system. Come in to our shop or call or email us today for a thorough inspection.