IS A COOLING SYSTEM INSPECTION NEEDED IN THE WINTER?

December 14th, 2022 by
The cooler winter months have arrived, with locals reaching for coats and scarves to combat the cold. It’s important to prepare your vehicle for winter weather as well, ensuring it maintains peak performance despite the harsher conditions.
While most assume that their vehicle’s cooling system doesn’t play a major role when the forecast cools, neglecting these components could have negative impacts. In fact, the transition from fall to winter can be tough on vehicles, with a build-up of debris (leaves, dust, etc.) around the radiator preventing airflow and potentially causing the engine to overheat.
Our Chevy service technicians in Richmond have provided some helpful details about cooling system maintenance below – so check them out! And if it’s time for a tune-up, our team is here to help!

WHAT ARE COMMON COOLANT SYSTEM PROBLEMS? 

Your vehicle’s radiator is the center of your cooling system, while the coolant, thermostat, and water pump work in tandem to support efficient function. When one component fails, the entire system cannot work properly. For instance, if the water pump is not working correctly, the coolant cannot be circulated through the engine. This not only impacts your vehicle’s performance, but could result in costly repairs down the road.

These problems can occur at any time, no matter the season:
• Faulty thermostat: Responsible for regulating the flow of coolant between the radiator and engine, the thermostat ensures that the engine remains at the optimal operating temperature. A faulty thermostat could result in an overheated engine.
• Low or leaking coolant: A sweet-smelling burning odor, rising engine temperature gauge, or issues with the heating or A/C system can all indicate low engine coolant levels. If this is the case, our Chevy service technicians may recommend a coolant system flush.
• Radiator hoses in poor condition: Rusting, corroded, or damaged hoses can lead to leaks, which in turn, can cause your engine to overheat. After opening the hood and taking a look, our service experts can determine is subpar radiator hoses are to blame for any issues.

 
 

COUNT ON YOUR CHEVY SERVICE CENTER IN RICHMOND FOR TRUSTED AUTO CARE!

Here at Parks Chevrolet Richmond, our certified service technicians can diagnose any issues with your cooling system before replacing any necessary components. As the one-stop for vehicle service, we’re equipped to handle all your maintenance and auto repair needs!

You can find manufacturer recommended maintenance intervals in your vehicle owner’s manual. For most vehicles, a coolant flush service should be performed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, or every five years – whichever comes first.
Parks Chevrolet Richmond is proud to serve Virginia locals from Tuckahoe, Mechanicsville, Short Pump, and beyond. As your hometown Chevy Service Center in Richmond, we’re committed to keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape all year ‘round!

We perform the following auto care services:
• Tire rotations
• Engine checks
• Multi-point inspections
• Oil changes
• Brake replacements
• Battery service
• And much more!

Schedule your service appointment at Parks Chevrolet Richmond today!

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