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What is Cooling System Service?

Neglecting your vehicle's cooling system could result in overheating, which is a top cause of major engine trouble. All cars and trucks require routine maintenance of the cooling system to ensure that it is able to properly regulate the temperature of the engine. The cooling system consists of a number of parts, including the radiator, water pump, thermostat and hoses. Within the system a mixture of coolant (also known as antifreeze) and water flows constantly, which is what helps to reduce the temperature inside the motor. It is important not to skip cooling system service, or else your vehicle is likely to suffer engine damage. So what does cooling system consist of?


The first step in conducting cooling system service is removing the old coolant/water mixture. This is necessary because after many miles of use it can become contaminated with particles that are damaging to the system and the engine. Simply draining the fluid from the radiator can result in as much as 60 percent of the original fluid being left in the engine. Special methods are utilized to ensure that all of the old fluid is removed.

Thermostat Check

If the vehicle has high mileage it may be suggested that the thermostat be replaced. This is because an aging thermostat is more likely to fail, which could result in an instance of overheating.

System Analysis

The technician(s) completing the cooling system service will conduct a thorough inspection of the cooling systems hoses and other parts to identify any potential troubles. If a problem or possible problem is present they will inform the owner of the vehicle and suggest repairs. They ought to show the owner of the vehicle the damage or wearing part to show why the service should be completed.


Once any replacement parts are installed the system will be refilled with the proper antifreeze/water mixture, allowing you to get back on the road without having to worry about overheating.

If your vehicle is due for cooling system service be sure to have it done. If you're unsure how often or when your car needs this service check your owner's manual or reach out to your local auto maintenance shop and they'll be able to let you know.. For professional cooling system service in Palo Alto head to The Car Doctor. Our team provides high quality service for all makes and models. To learn more about this service, or to schedule any form of auto maintenance in Palo Alto or the surrounding communities don't hesitate to call us at (650) 492-6853.

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Many different components make up the cooling system. As such, repair costs varies a great deal depending on the year, make, and model of your car.

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Your car would quickly overheat without the cooling system. The system uses a coolant mixture (also known as anti-freeze)as a medium to remove heat from the engine.Here’s how it works:first, the water pump circulates coolant through passages in the engine.Then, when operating conditions arecorrect, the thermostat opens, allowing coolant to flow through hoses to the radiator.The radiator is located behind the car’s grille. Cool air is forced across the unitas the car is traveling down the road. At a stand-still and at low speeds, a supplemental fan provides airflow.In both scenarios, the cool air removes heat from the coolant inside the radiator, lowering the fluid’s temperature before it re-enters the engine.Hot coolant also helps keep your car warm on cold days. The fluid flows through a radiator-style device called the heater core. A motorized fan blows air across the core to warm your car’s interior.

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Cooling System Repair & Services

Cooling Systems Repair & Services

Without a way to cool off your engine, your vehicle wouldn’t be able to perform properly. By itself, an engine would become too hot and wouldn’t function due to the extreme heat it produces.


Antifreeze is combined half and half with water and flows through your radiator and engine to help keep everything at the right temperature. However, like all liquids, antifreeze will eventually break down. This is why Silvhorn recommends you change your antifreeze every two years or 26,000 kilometres. This is often called a flush and fill.

Cooling Fan

Your cooling fan is responsible for pumping air throughout the radiator so it can release hot engine heat into the surrounding air. If your fan ever malfunctions or stops, your engine can quickly overheat, resulting in serious engine problems. At Silvhorn Automotive, we inspect your cooling fan to make sure the drive belt or fan belt is working properly and isn’t loose or cracked.

Pressure Cap

The pressure cap also known as the radiator cap is located on the radiator or coolant reservoir. Your pressure cap should be checked at least once a year for cracks and should be performed by a trained mechanic.

Coolant Reservoir

The coolant reservoir checks the levels of coolant in the system. This should be checked every time you come in for an oil change.


Your thermostat is a gauge that regulates the flow of coolant due to coolant temperature. A thermostat that doesn’t work properly can result in your engine overheating without you realizing it.

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Cooling System Repair

A vehicle with a properly working cooling system will circulate coolant throughout the radiator and engine. This will reduce the vehicle's engine temperature to protect it from damage caused by heat. If the cooling system does not function properly, critical engine parts can fail. At-risk parts include gaskets, heads or worse, complete failure.

Avoid an expensive auto cooling system repair by performing regularly scheduled maintenance to stop problems before they happen.

Car Cooling System Service

If your vehicle's engine runs hotter than usual after you start it or if the temperature gradually increases as you drive, there might be an issue with the cooling system.

You might detect a smell similar to maple syrup and/or spot an orange or green fluid beneath your vehicle. Both of these are signs that you should have a technician examine your cooling system.

Coolant Flush

A mechanic can inspect your vehicle and perform a coolant flush service or antifreeze change and fill if necessary. This quick maintenance procedure can save you money in the future and prevent a potential vehicle breakdown.

A technician can also perform fluid exchange services. Maintaining the ideal level of fluids and replacing those that have depleted is critical to your vehicle's driving performance and safety.

Make sure not to miss a regularly scheduled antifreeze flush and fill. Skipping this maintenance can put your vehicle at risk for a variety of problems, such as premature corrosion of your cooling system, freezing and overheating.


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Engine Cooling System Repair

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Car Overheating can come from a variety of sources. If your Engine is running hotter than normal, either shortly after starting or over time, or if you find coolant (commonly referred to as Antifreeze) puddled beneath your Car, it's time to have it tested.  Engine Combustion generates tremendous heat that must be dissipated to avoid Engine destruction. Aluminum Cylinder Heads can warp. Cylinder Head Gaskets can blow. Worse yet, the entire Engine can fail. These are expensive repairs that could be avoided if the Cooling Issue is found early enough.

Maintaining the Coolant

Proper avoidance starts with regular Maintenance. Replacing the Engine Coolant (Antifreeze) periodically with fresh Coolant will provide the best fluid for drawing the heat from the Engine to the Radiator where it is Cooled.  The Coolant 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 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 service adviser can help you with the recommended Coolant replacement schedule and make sure you're getting the right type of coolant. 

When replacing Coolant here at Benchmark Autoworks, we use industry leading databases to select the proper Coolant for your Car, be it GM DexCool, BMW Blue, HOAT, any of the variety of Asian, European Car coolants, or the old standby Green Coolant that was used in older Cars. This regular Maintenance of your vehicle's Radiator and cooling system can help avoid car overheating and costly repair services. And it’ll help keep you off the side of the road. 

Engine Cooling System Components

A properly functioning Cooling System, which circulates Antifreeze/Coolant and dissipates the heat away from the Engine, is absolutely necessary to prevent Car Overheating and destructive Engine temperatures. 

Your Vehicle has five principal components in its Cooling System.

  • Radiator — an Auto Radiator has a      set of tubes called the "Core" that the Coolant flows through.      Cooling Fins surround the Core. As air passes through the Fins, the Coolant      releases its heat to the Fins, which dissipate the heat.
  • Radiator Cap — there has to be a      place to pour in Coolant and the Radiator Cap covers that filling hole.      The Cap is also designed to seal the system to a specific pressure.
  • Radiator Hoses — the Coolant goes      from the Radiator to the Engine through a series of Hoses that are sturdy      and flexible enough to handle Engine vibration and high heat.
  • Thermostat — like the device on      your home Heating/Cooling System, the Engine Thermostat regulates the flow      of Coolant to get the Engine up to temperature quickly, and then open up      the flow to allow the rest of the system to keep the Engine at the proper      operating temperature.
  • Water pump — this is the heart of      the Engine Cooling System. It pumps Coolant through the whole Cooling System,      and into the Engine Block.
  • Expansion Tank/Coolant Reservoir – an extra bottle that allows the Coolant to go into when the Coolant has expanded due when the Engine warms up to operating temperature. Since the Cooling System is sealed, when the Coolant cools down it will flow back into the Radiator. On some vehicles, this is the only place to fill the Coolant. 

Cooling System Issues

The Cooling System components 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, or replace (modern Radiators with plastic components cannot be economically or as quickly fixed). We also see Radiator pressure Caps that can no longer hold the proper pressure and Expansion Tanks that are cracked and leaking due to age of the plastic. We recommend replacing pressure caps when you change your Coolant to avoid this problem. We see leaky Water Pumps and Hoses that need to be replaced. Even if the Hoses are not currently leaking, a Bloated or Weak Hose is likely to Burst and leave you and your Car stranded. There's also the Thermostat that opens and closes to regulate the flow of Coolant. Sometimes Thermostats 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. Come in and request a Cooling System test if you suspect a problem in between regular Coolant replacement intervals.

Other Major Factor

Remember also that your engine’s other major fluid, the Engine Oil, also plays a major role in Cooling the Engine as it addresses the lower part of the Engine. It must be maintained and replaced regularly as well. Read more about that in our discussion about engine oils.

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