Archive for: March, 2018

Things You Should Know to Protect Your Radiator

You probably know this, but we’ll say it anyway: the radiator at the front of your vehicle is probably THE  key component in your cooling system. As hot engine coolant is pumped through, your radiator uses exterior air (either while you’re driving or from a fan) to cool the coolant so that it can be pumped back into the engine and remove more heat. This hot/cold cycle continues as long as your engine is running.

Understanding how your radiator works can help you find ways to protect it. From physical damage to internal debris and corrosion, there are many factors that can degrade the performance of your radiator or even cause a leak. We’ve put together this list of ways you can protect your radiator…

Posted in: Cooling

Tech Tip: Spot and Fix Common Transmission Fluid Leaks

Transmissions – arguably the hardest-working component of your car.

Transmissions are heavily dependent on lubrication to prevent damaging friction and heat build-up. The high pressures in modern transmissions can turn a small leak into a major one very quickly, which can lead to time-consuming, expensive repairs. Here are three telltale signs of a transmission leak that, when detected early, give you the opportunity to avoid a hefty repair bill. We talk to customers about problems such as this every day on our tech lines.

Drops on the Ground: Spotting drops before they become puddles is a good thing. Fresh transmission fluids are usually colored red, but can also be green, amber, or even have a bluish tint. Transmission fluids with a brownish tint and…

Why Do You Need to Flush Your Radiator?

Your cooling system requires a clean and stable coolant (also called antifreeze) mix to ensure proper cooling. Over time, coolant can strip impurities and particles from your engine components (a byproduct of standard daily operation) and create corrosive sludges and deposits. Given enough time, these deposits can build up and block coolant channels in your engine or cause corrosion of various components and gaskets.

A regular cooling system flush is the best way to ensure you’ve removed all of the dirt and contamination from your engine’s cooling system and are starting new with fresh, properly mixed coolant. Cooling system flushes are often ignored (trust us, we hear horror stories about this on our tech line), so don’t fall into this trip. Consider a flush a…

Posted in: Cooling