The term "cooling system" can be a little misleading. A lot of vehicle owners it is only there to keep the engine from overheating. That is certainly its main purpose, but it also helps keep the engine from seizing up in the winter. Radiator coolant is commonly referred to as "antifreeze" for a reason.
Your vehicle's radiator will combine a mixed ratio of coolant/antifreeze and water. Many coolants come as pre-mixed with water to save you some headaches. However, in a place like Fairbanks where the winter temperatures can drop well below freezing, that ratio may sometimes have to be adjusted for better performance.
Basic chemistry will tell us that metal contracts in the cold and expands in the heat. Your engine has many fast-moving parts and the cooling system essentially regulates the temperature during operation, as well as while the vehicle isn't running. When it's hot outside, it helps keep the engine cool. When it's cold outside, it helps warm the engine up. If your cooling system is not working properly this time of year, you can experience some serious engine problems. The vehicle may not even run at all.
Fairbanks Cooling System Maintenance at Simard Automotive
Now is a good time of year to get a cooling system inspection and tune-up at Simard Automotive. We can look at things like the coolant levels and antifreeze/water ratio to make sure everything is running the way it should to help keep your engine protected from the freezing weather. Our technicians will also inspect for any coolant leaks, cracks in the radiator or damage to key parts like the water pump or head gasket. Hoses, seals and connection points should also be tested to ensure there are no weaknesses. The cold weather also wreaks havoc on the rubber components that keep the fluid running throughout the cooling system!
Complete Vehicle Winterization
Before the weather gets too cold, it's a smart idea to winterize your vehicle and this includes cooling system maintenance and repair. The goal is to prevent major automotive problems from happening. Believe us when we say that standard preventative maintenance procedures are much less expensive than major engine repairs!
If you would like to schedule a winter cooling system inspection and tune-up, call either of Simard Automotive's two local shops at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Ave.) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Rd.), or book your service appointment online.