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Angela's Articulate Collection of Car Service Secrets, Tips and Tricks

Hi, my name is Angela, and as the wife of a mechanic, I was constantly tripping over car parts and complaining about the rows of project cars lining our garden. However, after a few years, I quit complaining and actually found joy in the art of auto repair. Inspired by that classic book, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", I decided to start working on cars with my husband. This blog is the culmination of everything I have learned and more. I hope you enjoy reading it and that my tips and ideas guide you toward a healthier car and a happier, safer driving experience.


Angela's Articulate Collection of Car Service Secrets, Tips and Tricks

Tips to Reducing Your Visits to the Radiator Shop

by Keith Simpson

You vehicle is not simply a means of getting from one location to another. It is also a significant investment that requires care and maintenance to stay running in optimal condition. One of the more sensitive systems in your vehicle is its cooling system. If this system is compromised, your vehicle is out at risk of overheating, and this could result in either expensive replacement of vehicle parts or a complete breakdown. Taking care of your vehicle's cooling system does not have to be an arduous task, though. Here are some tips that can come in handy in reducing your visits to the radiator shop.

Keep the internal components of your vehicle clean

To prevent problems with your vehicle's cooling system, you should ensure that all the internal components of the vehicle are kept clean. These will include the engine compartment of the vehicle, the radiator fins and the engine itself. A clean engine will definitely run cooler than one that has dirt and grime accumulated in it, hence decreasing the risk of problems with your cooling system.

Ensure the coolant is replaced regularly

You should strive to replace your coolant as dictated by the original manufacturer's recommended schedule. Nevertheless, some motorists make the mistake of simply purchasing the cheapest coolant they can find in an attempt at replacing this coolant economically. Buying the wrong coolant could end up adversely affecting your vehicle's cooling system in the long run. Instead, ensure that the coolant you are replacing is the most appropriate type for your vehicle. Additionally, ensure that you replace the appropriate volume of coolant and at the right mixture.

Replace worn hoses and belts as needed

Your vehicle's cooling system is made up of an array of hoses. These include manifold hoses, radiator hoses, heater hoses, bypass hoses and more. Over time, they will succumb to regular wear and tear and will require replacement as soon as they begin to show signs of disrepair. Keeping a faulty hose in your cooling system can compromise the entire cooling system and could also damage other internal components of your vehicle. It is recommended to regularly inspect the hoses of your vehicle's cooling system so as to spot any signs of damage before it escalates.

Your vehicle's cooling system has an external drive belt that functions to pump water. Although it is durable, it is not immune to damage due to heavy usage. It is recommended to inspect this belt on a regular basis so as to spot any signs that it may require replacement.

Contact a shop like Natrad for more tips.