Your Car's Cooling System: Understanding the Its Various Components

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Diesel and petrol powered engines must burn fuel to produce the energy needed to propel your car. This produces a lot of heat in the engine, which forces car manufactures to install cooling systems to help regulate the high temperatures and keep them within limits that allow the engine to operate. If your cooling system is dysfunctional, the engine will overheat and lead to subsequent damage in other parts. This is why you should understand the basic components, functions and maintenance practices for your car's cooling system to minimise mechanical mishaps. The following discussion will help you:

The Radiator

The radiator is an essential part of your car's cooling system. It resembles a large metal block with grated sides (fins). In most cars, the radiator is fitted near the front edge of the bonnet so that it can benefit maximally from the cooling effect of the air as the car moves. The purpose of the radiator is to cool the high-temperature coolant from the engine. A notable problem with car radiators is the tendency to leak. Look out for a puddle of red, slimy fluid beneath the engine when the car is not running. If you notice this, call in a professional to check the cooling system thoroughly. Remember to refrain from handling the fluid leaking from the radiator because it is toxic.

The Hoses

Hoses refer to the rubber piping used to connect the various components of the system. They connect the engine to the reservoir that stores the coolant. The hoses also connect the engine to the radiator. Since they carry coolant fluid within the system, the hoses must be in good condition to keep the engine from overheating. You should inspect the hoses regularly so that you can make timely replacements before serious mechanical problems occur. Look out for loose and worn-out valves, loose joints with the engine or the radiator or signs of physical damage such as cracks.

The Fan and Fan Switch

The fan enables the radiator to cool the hot coolant fluid from the engine by blowing air into the radiator. The fan switch controls the operation of the fan through temperature sensors. They send signals to the fan to begin operating when the engine temperature hits a certain level. To get the most out of your fan, strengthen the fins on the radiator to make sure that all the air blown into the radiator finds its way to the hot coolant.  Bent radiator fins obstruct air movement and elevate the chances of your fan breaking down when it is forced to work too hard.


26 July 2016

Keeping Your Auto Safe and Secure

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