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Keeping your car’s heating and cooling systems operating properly may involve a variety of maintenance services or repairs. Having your vehicle checked regularly can help identify and resolve issues before they become more serious—and more costly--problems. Parts associated with your heating system are:
- serpentine belt
- cooling sensor
- heater core
- heater hoses
- radiator cap
- radiator hoses
- radiator fan/fan clutch
- water pump
- fan belts
How does your vehicle generate heat?
The heat that is generated by your engine is used to warm the air that flows into the passenger compartment to a comfortable temperature.
How do I know if there is a problem?
· Temperature light may come on
· Temperature gauge readout is out of normal range
· Heater does not produce heat
What kind of maintenance should I be doing?
Coolant (or anti-freeze) protects your engine from overheating and from freezing. Check your owner’s manual or contact your mechanic for the manufacturer recommendations for replacement of the anti-freeze in your vehicle. This can be performed as a "drain and fill” or you may choose to have a complete flush of the radiator system that typically includes the following:
- Complete inspection of radiator system
- Pressure test the system to check for leaks
- Add flush chemicals to the radiator
- Power flush system
- Refill system with anti-freeze
- Add sealant/lubricant as needed