CoolantProperly balanced mix of water and antifreeze that circulates throughout your engine to draw off heat.
RadiatorPrimary component of your engine’s cooling system, its purpose is to help remove heat from the engine. It relies on the water pump to help circulate the engine coolant through its core so it can release excess heat that has been absorbed by the engine coolant in the engine block.
ThermostatLocated between the engine and the radiator, the thermostat opens and closes. It’s function is to block the flow of coolant into the engine until the engine has warmed up to operating temperature.
Water PumpThe heart of your cooling system, the water pump circulates the engine coolant throughout the entire cooling system.
FanWorks with the thermostatic switch or engine computer to turn on when the temperature of the coolant goes above a set point to help cool down your radiator and prevent overheating
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, be sure to always follow the instructions for maintenance listed in your owner’s manual. Dispose of used antifreeze according to your local laws and regulations. Use a closed container to store it, and never let used antifreeze drain onto the ground or into storm drains.
Consider using a flush solution which can remove much more sediment and rust than normal water alone. Ask your local Pep Boys sales associate to help you find the best flush solution and antifreeze for your car.
|Symptoms of Failure||Reasons for Failure|
|Heater isn’t working||Thermostat has failed|
|Coolant leak||Faulty thermostat or fan making it impossible to adjust temperature|
|Poor gas mileage||A restriction in coolant flow has occurred in the heater core or other area within the cooling system|
|Sweet smell under the hood||Water pump has internal seal or bearing failure|
|Coolant light comes on||Corrosion or road debris has caused a hole in the radiator and/or heater core|
|Temperature gauge higher or lower than normal||Radiator or heater hoses has failed|
|Overheating engine||Age, heavy usage, salt and/or humidity|