Your vehicle’s cooling system is what keeps it at a proper operating temperature. The cooling system consists of two parts: the coolant, and the cooling components. In terms of the coolant, it’s important to have the right amount of it – if you don’t have enough your engine won’t stay cool. You also need the right type of coolant, since different makes require different formulations to protect against corrosion. And finally it needs to be fresh, as a coolant depletes with age and can start to eat away at the parts.
Cooling system components, like your radiator, can also start to leak or become clogged with deposits, and need to be regularly cleaned, repair or replaced in order to avoid costly engine damage. Your technician can make sure you get the right type of coolant for your vehicle, and make sure your cooling system components are functioning optimally.
Cooling system problems are the #1 mechanical failure, and the water pump plays an important role.
Water pumps aren’t something you think about, but they are an important part of your car’s cooling system. Your water pump circulates the coolant that cools the engine, and after years of pumping coolant they inevitably wear out. So if you notice a grinding sound coming from the pump, or see coolant leaking from the pump itself, bring it in for inspection.
The best way to prolong the life of your water pump and cooling system is by regularly replacing the coolant, which will help you avoid a failure in your cooling system that can leave you on the side of the road.