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
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
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
The 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
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
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.