Winterize and Protect Your Cooling System Consumer
Valuable Money Saving Winterizing Tips
San Gabriel Valley's A/C Service Center
326 & 330 S Del Mar Ave.
San Gabriel CA 91776
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Cooling System Winter Tips
If you live anywhere from Altadena to
Arcadia stop in to All Car Today
It's NOT just your A/C that requires a Steady Cooling System Temperature
Read on and find out some Important Tips and Learn
Ok, so you live in Southern California with Winter
Temperatures rarely dropping below 45 degrees in most areas, so why is it
important to keep your Cooling System maintained in the Winter?
Section on our Cooling System Summer Maintenance Section discussed what All
Car suggests for your Summer Maintenance and keeping your A/C system running
cool. But Fall is the time to recheck your System because there may be times
when you want to to visit snowy areas, skiing, and other Winter Activities
and your car has to be ready when you are for those times.
Important Consumer Tips
In summer temperatures of over 90 degrees the temperature under your hood can reach 200-250 degrees,
but those termperature ranges don't change much more drastically than that
even in Winter periods of much lower temperatures. Remember, most of the
modern cars are designed to run at higher temperatures and thermostats of
225 degrees are fairly standard.
See how the parts in the photo above could have saved $1500 worth of repairs
by periodical Maintenance
Here's a Scientific Fact no Mechanic can dispute, and it is not only an
Important Maintenance consideration in keeping your car running smooth and
lasting longer, but it is also a good illustration to show the importance.:
The hotter you subject your car's moving and
connecting parts to become, the more wear you can expect from them. While
you may feel that applies mainly to your engine and transmission, it also
applies to your Radiator, Hoses, Connectors which most modern cars use a lot
of Plastic, Wiring,and Rubber in their components. Plastic and Wires
suffer under constant overheating exposure. Even though hoses and wires are
generally not moving, they have fluids and elcectrical curren't 'Moving'
through them. Your Radiator and Thermostat are designed to keep your auto
running at a constant termperature and prolong the life of those parts. One
of the other very important factos is that most newer autos use a lot of
Aluminum and Aluminum does not last long once overheated too many times and
that can inlcude the Engine Heads, a very costly Repair should that
Now that we have explained that
Formula to you, you can see the value in ensuring that your auto's colling
system ins maintained, All the Time, Summer and Winter.
Here are Some Visual Consumer Tips You Can
Check Youself Periodically:
*Safety Note: IMPORTANT - FREE
Check from All Car
opening the Hood of your Auto, even doing simple Oil and Transmission dip
stick checks. Avoid wearing Long Sleeve loose clothing as it could get
caught in moving parts and that can be very bad.
We don't suggest you
check your Fluids yourself for both Safety and Accuracy, so the next time
you're in the area, just bring your car into all car and we'll be happy to
check them for you at No Cost while you wait.
Consumer Automotive Tips
- Winterize Your Cooling System
Always do a VISUAL
Walkaround before starting your car. Look under the front end, you'll be
able to see any radiator leak and oil leaks if there should be any from a
few of the parts in the very front of the car.
Engine Running - Leak Check
Pull your car up just enough so you can see the
area where it was parked or sitting for a period of time. If you see any
leaks, draw a rough diagram of your car and put an X where the leak was.
Check to see if it is Red or Darker. Red is usually a sign of a Tramsission
fluid leak, all other is usually Oil or Radiator Fluid.
Engine Running - Under the Hood - VISUAL and AUDIO Observation ONLY
With your car in Park and the Parking Break on do
a walk around a safe way to do this is to keep your hands down away from the
interior of the engine compartment and walk so you avoid touching the car as
you walk. This will position you close enough but ensure a safe distance to
do a Visual and Audio observation.
Above photo shows worn fraid edges where it connects to the Radiator. These
worn edges around where they connect and where the clamps are can cause
Listen and Feel for any unusual sounds or
vibrations and if your auto has a Temperature Gauge be sure that it fuxuates
between the correct temperatures. A Car with a 225 degree Thermostat will
sometimes run, depending on stop and go situations, between 210 and 225
degrees. The Thermostat is designed to stay shut initially until the engine
reaches 225 degrees, then it opens to let the Radiator Fluid Flow through
the engine ports and Radiator.
Above Photo Left < Old Thermostat - Right > New Thermostat showing the
*Thermostat Option Possibility
- If your car is overheating your Autos Thermostat could need
replacing as over time corrosion can cause them to stick. Or even if your
car is constantly running at 225 degrees and you'd feel
more comfortable with a lower Thermostat, such as 195, 185, etc., stop by and
see Paul and ask him if your car would be able to support a lower
thermostat. Thermostats are not that expensive and some people do change
them out to a lower one so your car runs at a cooler operating termperature,
but it all depends on your specific make and model. Paul will be happy to
let you know if this is an Option for you.
PROPER Anti-Freeze - Fluids
To understand this
topic you must first realize that today's Automobile Radiators are made of
different metals such as Aluminum and Plastic that require very specific
fluid types. While this may sound
boring and a typical AD for our services or a Parts Store, it is not. The
Reason, today's vehicles have a lot of different metals that require a
certain mixture of fluid for their function. Put the Wrong Anti Freeze in a
new car and it can cause a lot of unwelcome and expensive repair problems,
Domestic Cars even many different makes as well as Foreign all have their
own specific requirements. So, the best way is to always check with your
manufacturers statement, most vehicle guides will state their recommended
*By the way, this also goes for Oil, Transmission and Brake
fluids as well.
Keeping your car's Cooling System running as it
should on a constant basis can save you a lot of money in repairs as we
outlined in our Section on
Summer Automotive Cooling System Servicing. Remember, your
automobile's Automatic Transmission has coolant lines running to it to keep
your transmission fluid and transmission running cool, a very important part
of your transmissions. Some transmissions are designed to just Shut Down if
they heat up too much and you certainly don't want that.
As stated before in our Summerize Your
Cooling System Section, your auto's cooling system is probably the single most important part of your engine. When components heat up too much for too long they can fail or brake. It's like exercising in the middle of Death Valley in the summer, if you don't keep cool and fluid you're in serious trouble!
Avoid Costly repairs and Get your car into All Car Specialists
Save $15 on your cooling system flush
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Inspection of your Hoses and Cooling System and
distilled water - to keep the radiator running clean with
inspection of cooling system components,
thermostat, fans, water pumps
At some shops all you get is a smile and friendly handshake, at All Car you get a guarantee that the problem we find is what is going to fix your car.
Remember, it is far cheaper to maintain your old car than let it go or buying a new one at times. You can check out a couple of our Videos on Fluid Maintenance and Transmission Maintenance to help save you a lot of money in the future.
For the most reliable and affordable Cooling System Services in the San Gabriel Valley give All Car Specialists a call today.
Call today to find out how we can help you.
326 & 330 S Del Mar Ave.
San Gabriel CA 91776
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday:
7:30AM - 5:30PM
Saturday by Appointment.
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