Radiator and Cooling System Service

When you drive your vehicle, the parts in your engine create friction which generates heat. The radiator then absorbs the heat your engine produces. The radiator is the main component of your car’s cooling system, and maintaining it is as important as any major repair.

Your car’s cooling system is designed to bring your vehicle up to operating temperature quickly while preventing it from running too hot. Your vehicle uses antifreeze to absorb heat from the engine and move it to the radiator where it can be cooled. The water pump is tasked with creating the pressure to circulate the coolant through the hoses from the engine to the radiator. The thermostat is used to regulate the flow of the coolant from the engine to the radiator to maintain a proper operating temperature of around 190 degrees. If any of these components are not operating correctly, your car may run too cool causing poor performance and fuel economy while polluting the air around it. It also can cause the engine to run too hot and overheat causing severe engine or transmission damage.

One of the most common causes of mechanical breakdowns on the road is overheating. The cooling system’s fan circulates air through the radiator and passes excess heat out of the engine. If the cooling fan malfunctions, your vehicle’s engine will overheat.

During a cooling system service, your trusted Koester experts check the cooling fan for damage and the fan belt for cracks.  Because the radiator is responsible for cooling the antifreeze as it circulates throughout the cooling system, a leak, a broken radiator hose, or cracked belt, can lead to major engine failure. Ultimately, neglecting basic cooling system and radiator maintenance can lead to major engine or radiator repairs down the road. To keep this essential system working properly, you need to abide by a routine maintenance schedule.

A basic cooling system consists of the following:

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  • 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 keeps 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.

Our cooling service includes:

  • An inspection of your radiator system and pressure test for any leaks

  • Adding flush chemicals to the radiator

  • Power flushing the system

  • Refilling cooling system with new antifreeze

  • Adding sealant/lubricant to the system

At Koester Automotive and Collision Center, you’ll find knowledgeable, experienced mechanics that specialize in radiator repairs.  We perform a coolant fluid flush and exchange that removes virtually all of the old coolant and contaminants in your radiator and replaces it with new coolant. This will keep your cooling system working properly and will protect your vehicle for miles to come.

For all your auto repair and maintenance needs, remember Koester has you covered. We offer expert auto maintenance and collision repair services. Our dedication to taking care of you and your family is unparalleled in the Sherman Oaks community.

You have enough to worry about, so let our team take the weight off your shoulders.

To schedule an appointment with us, give us a call or stop by our shop and say hello.

We are conveniently located at 15315 Dickens Street, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.