What Happens if I Ignore Cooling System Services?

To keep your engine in the best shape possible, we recommend that you have all of the factory-scheduled services done when they are recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. In the case of the cooling system, the manufacturer most likely recommends that it be serviced every 30,000 miles. Failure to service the cooling system may cause one or more of the following problems.

The Cooling System May Leak

The cooling system service begins with draining the old coolant so we can replace it with new coolant. Once the coolant is drained, we flush the cooling system to remove any clogs. While we are flushing the cooling system, we inspect it to see if we can find any leaks. Parts that can leak in the cooling system include the seals and gaskets, the hoses, the water pump, the thermostat, and the radiator.

The Cooling System May Clog

As we just mentioned, the cooling system can get clogged by dirt and sediment if you ignore the cooling system service. Flushing the system removes all of the dirt and sediment that has built up inside the system to prevent clogs in the hoses or the radiator. A clogged cooling system is a system that cannot circulate the coolant throughout the engine. Consequently, the engine will overheat.

The Circulation May Fail

Another problem that occurs if you fail to have the cooling system serviced regularly is you may end up with failed circulation. What we mean by this is that the coolant may not circulate through the engine because there is a problem with the thermostat or water pump. The thermostat keeps track of the engine’s temperature and releases the coolant into the engine when it needs it.

The water pump takes the coolant and pushes it through the engine. Think of it as a heart circulating blood. If the water pump or thermostat has gone bad, you may end up with poor circulation of the engine coolant. When this happens, the engine will overheat.

The Engine Will Overheat

In fact, the most common problem that occurs if you fail to have the cooling system serviced is an overheating engine. Unfortunately, the engine will overheat whenever you drive your automobile. Never drive the vehicle when the engine is too hot. If you do, you run a very high risk of causing unnecessary damage to the engine.

Call us today if your vehicle is overdue for a cooling system service. We would be happy to inspect the cooling system and service it so you can count on it for another 30,000 miles.

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