|ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM
What is it? The engine cooling system affects your car's overall dependability and engine longevity. Cooling systems have advanced over the years with new coolant formulations and new radiator designs and materials. If you suspect a problem with your cooling system, you should check it immediately.
What does it do? 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.
Typical Wear and Tear Factors that affect the replacement of cooling system parts include: Driving habits, operating conditions, type of vehicle, type of coolant and frequency of regular maintenance such as coolant changes.
Symptoms: Overheating / Sweet smell / Leaks / Repeatedly need to add fluid
To keep warm and cozy or cool and comfortable, it's best to maintain your heating and air conditioning systems.
A thorough inspection includes:
• Inspecting the interior controls and blower
• Checking radiator coolant level, hoses, pressure cap and thermostat
• Testing the compressor belt
• Checking for leaks or other damage
System testing includes:
• A cooling system pressure test
• Comparing the A/C pressure to manufacturer specifications
• Testing the A/C system for refrigerant leaks
• Checking the interior vent air temperature
Should I have my mechanic inspect my air conditioning unit on a regular bases?
We are so used to the concept of an air conditioner that we hardly take notice of it.
That is only until it stops working. And then we have a serious issue at hand and at times we are clueless as to what exactly the problem
is and how to tackle it.
The air conditioners have become so integral to our lives that we cannot think of living without it. First it came to our offices and factories. Then we brought them to our homes. And now we have them even in our cars. Come to think of it, it is actually essential to have an air conditioner in your car.
Of course the interiors of a car is more affected by the heat of the sun than the interiors of your house or office are. And there would be additional heat from the engine to deal with. So it is quite necessary to have a car air conditioned.And it is equally important to see to it that you take proper care of the unit so that it delivers when you need it to and doesn’t break down.
It has been seen these days that to repair older air conditioners it is costing one a few hundred bucks more than it used to. This is primarily because of the regulations that have brought about a change in the refrigerants being used. The previously used R-12 refrigerant, popularly known as Freon has been replaced by R-134a. This is considered to be environmentally safer.
Since you cannot mix the two kinds of refrigerants, so any repair now would mean that you have to flush out the existing refrigerant and fill it up with the newer approved refrigerant. This will obviously increase the costs of fixing your car air conditioner.
The best way to avoid costly repairs would be to check the auto air conditioning system once every year. There are many automotive service stations which would provide special check-ups before the summer seasons. You can also go for a bundle check-up where your entire car, including the air conditioner is fine tuned. This would also cut down your maintenance costs.
Since having an air conditioner in your car is a sizeable investment it would be prudent to have it functioning properly. If that would mean regular check-ups then so be it. And it is only once a year. So it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
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