Preserving and maintaining your cooling system needs a number of steps. As a licensed NAPA AUTOPRO specialist shop, Pawlik Automotive can periodically (one or two times a year) inspect the level of antifreeze in the system and take any needed corrective measures. In accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines, your coolant must be drained and replaced every 100,000 km.

Cooling System

When your automobile is overheating, you'll notice that the needle on the temperature level gauge will be in the red zone or the caution light on the control panel will light up. If this takes place, it's crucial that you switch off your vehicle instantly and wait for the engine to cool down. If you don't, you could seriously and permanently harm your engine. a quick check is to examine the level of coolant and top up the tank, if you carry coolant with you in the car or can get it nearby. Otherwise, getting a tow to an auto repair centre might be your best choice to make sure you do not destroy your engine.

The coolant pump (also called a water pump) is the most important part of the system. Your water pump is run by either a belt or gears. You might be able to tell if the belt is too loose or if there's a leak simply by taking a look at it. The coolant flows through a closed circuit in between the pump, engine, and radiator. It's a high pressure system that carries a tremendous amount of heat. That makes it essential for proper engine operation and a critical point of maintenance to prevent failure.

Toyota Yaris Water Pump

View of water pump: the red crusty deposits are from antifreeze leakage

The water pump pumps coolant from the radiator through the coolant system, into the engine and back to the radiator. The heat that the coolant picked up from the engine is transferred to the air at the radiator. Without the water pump, the coolant just sits in the system and your engine will overheat!

The service life of most original equipment water pumps should be 100,000 miles or longer. Some cheap replacement water pumps, however, may not last 30,000 miles before they start to leak. That's why we recommend a top-quality replacement water pump if a customer's old water pump has failed.

Hoses in the circuit can get inflated or punctured, and even break. Fender benders and other robust bumps or even regular wear and tear might trigger the radiator to leak. In any event, it's always wise to bring your vehicle in for an evaluation or repair by a licensed Pawlik Automotive professional.

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