Cooling System

Automotive Cooling System

The cooling system in your car works to keep your engine from overheating, and that is a very important job. If your vehicle overheats, it can mean the death of your engine.

If steam starts coming from under the hood of your car, turn off the air conditioner, open your windows, and turn your heater on wide open. This will help draw some heat from your engine though unfortunately, it will draw it into your car.

You do not want your vehicle to overheat, so if a service station isn’t in sight and the other measures didn’t work, you need to pull over and shut off the engine immediately.

Here are some reasons your car may get hot:

  • Leak in your cooling system
  • Thermostat problem
  • Fan belt is loose
  • Water pump problem
  • Low oil level
  • Bad hose
  • Dirty radiator plugged with debris
  • Timing needs adjusting
  • Needs coolant

Actually, there are two types of cooling systems found on motor vehicles: Liquid cooled and Air cooled. Air cooled engines are found on a few older cars while modern vehicles use liquid cooling.

The Components of a Cooling System:

  • The Radiator
  • Radiator Cooling Fans
  • Pressure Cap & Reserve Tank
  • Water Pump
  • Thermostat
  • Bypass System
  • Freeze Plugs
  • Head Gaskets & Intake Manifold Gaskets
  • Heater Core
  • Hoses

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