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Cooling Systems

Did you know that overheating is the most common cause of mechanical breakdowns on the road?

And that overheating can cause severe damage to the engine and the transmission? Maintaining your vehicle’s radiator, fluids and cooling system is essential to keeping you and your old friend on the road.

Coolant (anti-freeze) protects your engine from overheating and from freezing. The coolant’s effectiveness can diminish over time and lose many of its protective properties causing your radiator to rust and corrode. The cooling system itself can get clogged with built-up deposits from oil, grease, scale, hose decomposition, and other materials.

Most drivers know it’s recommended that a vehicle’s oil should be changed about every 3,000 miles. Drivers typically don’t realize, however, about the proper intervals for changing their vehicle’s other vital fluids. For the cooling system, the coolant/antifreeze manufacturers recommend changing the coolant once a year and some service manuals stipulate flushing and refilling the radiator every 24 months, regardless of mileage.

Check your car’s owner manual to see the recommended interval for changing the coolant in your vehicle, but you’ll want to get it changed at minimum every 24 months or if you have any of the following symptoms:

• Your vehicle has recently overheated
• Your coolant or temperature light comes on
• Your temperature gauge reads higher or lower than normal
• Your heater does not work

Radiator, Thermostat and Heater Services

The Certified Technicians at Riverside Transmission Center have years of experience in working with radiators, thermostats and the complete cooling system, due to the cooling system’s critical impact on proper Transmission operation.

Any of the following signs could indicate your vehicle needs service or repairs to the cooling system:

• The vehicle is running hot or overheating
• Leaking of a fluid
• Belts or hoses that have not been replaced during the past 4 years.

Riverside Transmission Center can repair or replace any of the following components of the cooling system:

• Radiator, radiator cap, radiator hoses and radiator fan or fan clutch
• Thermostats
• Water pumps
• Fan belts and serpentine belts
• Temperature sensors
• Heater cores and hoses

A/C Services

If you’re A/C is blowing hot air we’ll visually inspect hoses, lines, seals and other components for leaks, check temperature readings, check that your compressor is operating properly, and inspect the drive belt for cracks or damage. You may simply need a recharge of the refrigerant – or the inspection could call for other service, like a new compressor.