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Willoughby Hills Auto Repair

34801 Chardon Rd. Willoughby Hills, OH

Ph. 440-373-1438

 

 

 

Coolant System

Why an Engine Coolant Flush?

 

Your radiator protects your engine and air conditioning condenser from overheating. It also plays an important role with the computer controlled system. An engine temperature sensor actually tells the computer what the engine temperature is so the computer can adjust the air and fuel mixture and engine timing. The efficiency of the radiator directly effects the efficiency of your engine.

That's why flushing the cooling system and pH balancing the coolant is recommended at least once every two years.

 

Our coolant system power flush continuously forces fluid under pressure through the engine, radiator and heater core in both directions at different times to remove contaminates. We pressure test the cooling system for leaks, clean the recovery bottle and pressure test the radiator cap. The system is then refilled with the proper mix of coolant and water to reach the -35 degrees for winter protection.

We only use new coolant and not the recycled kind.

Let our certified technicians perform this service today.

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Cooling System

We’re often asked questions in Willoughby Hills OH about the cooling system – the system that cools your engine and keeps it at the proper operating temperature. Let’s examine the topic in two areas: first the coolant itself and, second, the parts that make up the cooling system.

 

The coolant in you sedan is the mix of water and antifreeze that circulates through the engine to draw off heat. First, you need to have the proper amount. If you don’t have enough coolant it can’t keep your engine cool.

You also need the right kind of coolant. Different makes of sedans and other vehicles require different coolant formulation to protect against corrosion.

 

 Finally, your coolant needs to be fresh. Over time and miles, the anti-corrosion additives in the coolant are depleted and the coolant can actually start to eat away at the cooling system parts. Your owner’s manual and your Willoughby Hills Auto Repair service adviser in Willoughby Hills OH can help you with the recommended coolant replacement schedule and make sure you’re getting the right type of coolant.

 

Now let’s talk about the cooling system components. These will all eventually wear out and need to be replaced.

 

Starting with the radiator, we see them coming into the shop with leaks or clogged with deposits. Depending on the damage, we will clean, repair or replace. We also see radiator pressure caps that can no longer hold the proper pressure. We recommend replacing pressure caps when you change your coolant to avoid this problem.

 

We see leaky water pumps and hoses in Willoughby Hills that need to be replaced, too. There’s also a part called the thermostat that opens and closes to regulate the flow of coolant. Sometimes they stick open or closed and the cooling system won’t work properly.

 

Engine damage from overheating can be very expensive to fix so it’s important to maintain your cooling system properly with scheduled coolant replacement and periodic inspections of the cooling system. Certainly come in if you suspect a leak and have us take a look.

 


 

Radiator Fan

 

Willoughby Hills car owners who are old enough have probably heard the term “fan belt”. Back in the day the radiator fan in your vehicle was turned by a belt driven by the engine. There are still belt driven fans – although most are now driven by the serpentine belt. But most Willoughby Hills motorists now have electric fans that transfer fresh air across the radiator to cool it.Radiator Repair Service Willoughby Ohio

 

As coolant/antifreeze circulates in the cooling system it captures heat from the engine and flows into the radiator. Air cools the radiator and the coolant in it before it brings it back into the engine to pick up some more heat. Now your engine has an ideal temperature range in which it is most efficient: it shouldn’t be too hot or too cool. The electric radiator fans help maintain the ideal temperature.

 

A switch mounted in a cooling system passage checks the temperature of the coolant. If the coolant is at the low end of the range, the switch turns off the fan motor. When the coolant rises to a certain temperature, the switch turns on the fan. When you are running the air conditioning, the radiator fan will likely be turned on as well to help reduce the extra engine heat created by the load placed on it by the air conditioner.

 

A lot of Willoughby Ohio car owners’ vehicles will actually have two radiator fans. One or both or neither may be running at any given time depending on the conditions. When you are cruising at Willoughby highway speeds, the air rushing over the radiator and around the engine will help control the heat. By contrast, stop and go driving around Willoughby Hills doesn’t generate much natural air flow so the radiator fans will be working hard.

 

Some Willoughby Hills drivers may experience the sound of the radiator fan running after turning the vehicle off. This keeps the engine from heating excessively after it has been run and shut off.

 

Now the radiator fan motors and the switch are vital wear items that will eventually fail. If your temperature light comes on while driving, you have a cooling system issue. Your caring Willoughby Hills Auto Repair tech can review your entire cooling system, including the radiator fans, to determine what is causing the indicator light. Of course, servicing the cooling system as recommended will help extend the life of all the components. Ask your Willoughby Hills Auto Repair technician if you are due for a cooling system service.

 


Water Pump

 

Question:
My water pump went out and it cost much more to replace than ones I’ve had replaced in the past. My Willoughby Ohio mechanic said it’s because of where it’s located. Why is that?

Willoughby Hills Auto Repair Answer:

Some water pumps are driven by the serpentine belt and are bolted on out in the open with the alternator and air compressor and such. Other water pumps are driven by the timing belt. These water pumps take a lot of labor to access and replace. I suspect your current vehicle has a water pump that is driven by the timing belt.

 

Water pumps are fairly uncomplicated devices that circulate engine coolant/antifreeze around the engine and out to the radiator. Like any mechanical device, they eventually wear out. Although having a cooling system service done on schedule at Willoughby Hills Auto Repair in Willoughby Hills will extend the life of your water pump and its seals and gaskets – it will eventually fail and need to be replaced.

 

Those water pumps that are driven by the timing belt (the belt that controls when your engine intake and exhaust valves open) are attached directly to the engine block. The timing belt system has an important protective cover. The serpentine belt and all the accessories are located over the timing belt cover. So getting to the water pump requires the service specialist remove a lot of parts – which then need to be replaced.

 

When the water pump must be replaced, it is a quick idea for Northeast Ohio car owners to go ahead and also replace the timing belt, timing belt tensioner and idler pulleys. First, because the timing belt may have been contaminated by leaking coolant; second, there is a schedule for replacing your timing belt and Willoughby car owners might as well make the modest additional added expenditure while everything is taken apart to avoid the same labor cost down the road.

 

By the way, the reverse is true as well: When you are replacing your timing belt on schedule go ahead and replace the water pump at the same time. It would be a shame to spend the money on one of these replacements only to have to do it all again in a few months because the other then needs replacement. Do them at the same time and start the clock over for both.

 

 

 


Willoughby Hills Auto Repair is a Car and Light Truck repair shop providing automobile service for foreign & domestic cars

 

TUNE UPS, OIL CHANGE SERVICES, VEHICLE MAINTENANCE, BRAKE SERVICE, CLUTCH REPAIRS, AIR CONDITIONING' ELECTRONIC TESTING, EXHAUST SYSTEMS, FRONT END WORK, REPLACE LIGHTS, TRANSMISSION FLUSH, COOLANT SERVICE, FILTERS, COMPUTER DIAGNOSTICS, VEHICLE FLUIDS, CHASSIS LUBE, WIPER BLADES, BATTERIES, BELTS & HOSES, TRANSMISSION SERVICE, TIRES, WHEEL ALIGNMENT. Serving Northeast Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Lake County & Geauga County. City of Cleveland, Willoughby & Willoughby Hills, Mentor, Kirtland & Kirtland Hills, Waite Hill, Wickliffe, Mayfield & Mayfield Village, Euclid, Highland Heights, Gates Mills, Chardon, South Euclid and surrounding areas.

 

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Willoughby Hills Auto Repair - automobile service for foreign & domestic cars in Mentor, Euclid, Mayfield, Kirtland, for tires, brakes, tune up, exhaust, fluid flush, battety service, coolant systems and more

Willoughby Hills Auto Repair

34801 Chardon Rd. Willoughby Hills, OH

Ph. 440-373-1438

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