Your vehicle’s cooling system affects your car’s overall dependability and engine longevity. The key parts of the cooling system remove heat from the engine and automatic transmission and dissipate heat to the air outside. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine. The coolant absorbs heat and returns it to the radiator where heat is dissipated. The thermostat regulates the coolant temperature to keep it consistent for efficient engine operation.
Some of the causes of the deterioration of cooling system parts include:
- Driving habits
- Vehicle type
- Type of coolant
- Operating conditions
- Frequency of factory recommended maintenance, such as coolant changes
Some of the warning signs of a potential issue with your vehicle’s cooling system include:
- A sweet smell coming from your engine compartment
- The need to repeatedly add fluids such as water or coolant
An EXPRESS OIL CHANGE® & Service Center technician will check your cooling system fluid levels as a part of our 20-point inspection during an oil change and can replace your radiator or water pump if needed.