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Cooling System

 

Your radiator protects your engine and air conditioning condenser from overheating. It also plays an important role with the computer controlled system. An engine temperature sensor actually tells the computer what the engine temperature is so the computer can adjust the air and fuel mixture and engine timing. The efficiency of the radiator directly effects the efficiency of your engine.

 

That's why flushing the cooling system and pH balancing the coolant is recommended at least once every two years.

 

Car Over heatingOur coolant system power flush removes contaminates. We pressure test the cooling system for leaks, clean the recovery bottle and pressure test the radiator cap. The system is then refilled with the proper mix of coolant and water to reach the -35 degrees for winter protection.

 

Weíre often asked questions about the cooling system Ė the system that cools your engine and keeps it at the proper operating temperature. Letís examine the topic in two areas: first the coolant itself and, second, the parts that make up the cooling system.

 

The coolant in your car or light truck is the mix of water and antifreeze that circulates through the engine to draw off heat. First, you need to have the proper amount. If you donít have enough coolant it canít keep your engine cool.

 

You also need the right kind of coolant. Different makes of sedans and other vehicles require different coolant formulation to protect against corrosion.

 

Checking coolant fluid

Be Careful Removing The Radiator Cap!

The radiatorís heat and pressure build up to dangerous levels when a car is running. Serious injury can come from removing the cap from a hot engine. If too much pressure has built up, removing the cap can send boiling water and steam up and out in all directions. Allowing the car to sit for around 30 minutes will ensure the pressure and temperature has dropped to a safe level before you attempt to remove the radiator cap. Most caps have a clear warning label on the outside of the cap itself warning about this important step.

 

 

Finally, your coolant needs to be fresh. Over time and miles, the anti-corrosion additives in the coolant are depleted and the coolant can actually start to eat away at the cooling system parts. Your ownerís manual and our service adviser can help you with the recommended coolant replacement schedule and make sure youíre getting the right type of coolant.

 

Now letís talk about the cooling system components. These will all eventually wear out and need to be replaced.

 

Starting with the radiator, we see them coming into the shop with leaks or clogged with deposits. Depending on the damage, we will clean, repair or replace. We also see radiator pressure caps that can no longer hold the proper pressure. We recommend replacing pressure caps when you change your coolant to avoid this problem.

 

We see leaky water pumps and hoses in our area that need to be replaced, too. Thereís also a part called the thermostat that opens and closes to regulate the flow of coolant. Sometimes they stick open or closed and the cooling system wonít work properly.

 

Engine damage from overheating can be very expensive to fix so itís important to maintain your cooling system properly with scheduled coolant replacement and periodic inspections of the cooling system. Certainly come in if you suspect a leak and have us take a look.

 

Thermostat

 

Car overheatThe thermostat is part of your cooling system. Streetsboro OH. residents' vehicle thermostats perform a similar function to the thermostats in their homes. At home, you set your thermostat to maintain a comfortable temperature range. When your home gets too hot, the air conditioning kicks on and when it gets too cool, the heater turns on.

Now your engine also has an optimal temperature range: warm enough to run efficiently and not so hot as to cause engine damage. Your vehicle's thermostat is valve between the engine and the radiator. When Streetsboro Ohio residents first start a cold engine, the valve (thermostat) is closed, allowing the coolant surrounding the engine to warm up to the proper operating temperature. As the coolant gets hotter, the thermostat opens, allowing coolant to flow through to the radiator to be cooled. The thermostat opens and closes to keep the engine within a certain temperature range.

Now thermostats are rated for a specific temperature depending on the engine Ė not a one size fits all proposition. Thermostats are subject to normal wear. Proper operation depends on a special wax that expands as it heats up to open a spring-loaded valve. A worn thermostat could stick in the open position causing the engine to run too cool. This is inefficient and could performance and . If a thermostat sticks in the closed position, the engine can be subject to the results of overheating.

There isn't a specific routine for Streetsboro residents to maintain their thermostat, but maintaining the cooling system by changing the coolant/antifreeze on schedule will make sure the coolant has enough corrosion inhibitors to protect the thermostat and other system components. Cooling system experts and the team at Jimyz Automotive in Streetsboro Ohio recommend replacing your thermostat when you do a coolant flush or exchange. Also, thermostats usually wear out faster than your hoses, so if a worn hose replacement is , replace the thermostat at the same time.

If your temperature warning light comes on, have of your cooling system right away. This could be a thermostat . The thermostat could also be the culprit for Streetsboro residents who aren't getting hot air when they turn on their heater.

The thermostat is a relatively inexpensive part that stands guard between you and catastrophic and engine damage. Follow your 's manual instructions, or check with your friendly and knowledgeable Jimyz Automotive service advisor to see if it's time for a cooling system inspection or service.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Business Hours: Monday -thru- Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm (Closed Saturday & sundays)

 

Jimyz Automotive Repair Shop for Cars and Light Trucks in Streetsboro Ohio, is located directly across the street from the New Streetsboro High School on Rt.-14. Jimyz proudly serves Akron, Aurora, Cuyahoga Falls, Garrettsville, Hiram, Hudson, Kent, Mantua, Portage County, Ravenna, Streetsboro, Twinsburg and surrounding communities.

 

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