Radiators & Cooling Systems

Don’t get caught in the hot sun with an overheating car.  If you notice your temperature gauge moving higher than usual or spotted coolant on your driveway, then it’s a sign your car’s cooling system needs servicing.

Your car’s radiator plays a significant role in keeping your engine cool and your vehicle running. Your car’s engine produces a lot of heat when running, and if it isn’t continuously cooled, the heat can cause severe damage to your engine.

If you suspect a heating issue, you should get your radiator serviced by a mechanic before a potentially minor issue severely damages your engine.

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    Tuesday:  8am – 5pm

    Wednesday:  8am – 5pm

    Thursday:  8am – 5pm

    Friday:  8am – 5pm

    Complete care for your car’s cooling system

    Radiator: An important part of a car’s cooling system, the radiator passes hot coolant through its metal fins – cooling it off in the process – before pumping it back into the engine block.

    Radiator Hoses and Housings: Used to transfer coolant throughout the engine, hoses require regular checks – and the occasional replacement- to avoid them becoming brittle and cracked.

    Water Pump: Much like the human heart pumps blood around the body, the water pump’s job is to pump coolant around the engine. Without regular inspection, the water pump can be prone to corrosion, bearing operation and seal leaks.

    Thermostat: Controlling the circulation rate of the coolant in your car, the thermostat helps ensure your engine maintains a constant operating temperature. A faulty or failing thermostat can lead to costly problems such as increased engine wear, poor fuel economy, or an overheated engine.

    Electric Cooling Fan: The Electric Cooling Fan is controlled by the thermostat, or the engine’s computer, and automatically kicks into gear to help the thermostat and coolant maintain a consistent engine temperature.

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