Coolant System

How Often Should I Change Engine Coolant?

By Rick Popely on Fri Jun 02 10:00:46 GMT-06:00 2017


CARS.COM — For some vehicles, you're advised to change the coolant every 30,000 miles. For others, changing the coolant isn't even on the maintenance schedule. For example, Hyundai says the coolant (what many refer to as "antifreeze") in most of… Read More

How Often Should I Change Engine Coolant?

By Rick Popely on Fri Jun 02 10:00:46 GMT-06:00 2017

CARS.COM — For some vehicles, you're advised to change the coolant every 30,000 miles. For others, changing the coolant isn't even on the maintenance schedule. For example, Hyundai says the coolant (what many refer to as "antifreeze") in most of… Read More

What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

By Rick Popely on Wed Aug 17 05:00:21 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — If your vehicle is giving off an unusual or sickening odor instead of that new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells can lead to expensive repairs or health hazards and shouldn't… Read More

How Can I Tell If My Radiator Is Leaking?

By Rick Popely on Wed Jul 20 05:00:37 GMT-06:00 2016

When the temperature gauge on your dashboard reads high or a temperature warning light comes on, you have a cooling system problem that may be caused by a leak — be it in the radiator itself or some other component.… Read More

Help Your Car Beat the Summer Heat

By Kaitlin Schuler on Mon Jul 11 08:25:24 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Temperatures this June hit higher than average on all but three days in parts of the U.S., according to the National Weather Service and The Weather Channel, and this pattern is expected to continue throughout the summer. How… Read More

Common Radiator and Cooling-System Problems

By Rick Popely on Sun Feb 14 13:47:14 GMT-06:00 2016

If steam is pouring from under your hood, a temperature warning light is glowing bright red on your dashboard or the needle in the temperature gauge is cozying up to the High mark, it's time to pull off the road… Read More

Should I Change the Thermostat?

By Rick Popely on Sun Feb 14 06:00:40 GMT-06:00 2016

Unless an engine overheats or fails to reach normal operating temperature after being driven for several miles, the thermostat that regulates the flow of coolant is probably working properly. Thermostats generally last for years — even for the lifetime of… Read More

How Long Will My Belts and Hoses Last?

By Rick Popely on Sun Jan 24 09:22:35 GMT-06:00 2016

Maybe forever, if you rely on an overly liberal interpretation of the maintenance schedules set by some vehicle manufacturers. That doesn't mean you should ignore them or even accept the manufacturer's recommendations, though; instead, add them to your list of… Read More

Does Engine Coolant Go Bad?

By Rick Popely on Sun Jan 03 01:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016

Yes, engine coolant does deteriorate over time, but unless something unusual occurs, you probably won't need to change the coolant in most late-model vehicles until 100,000 miles. Older vehicles probably require more frequent coolant replacement, so check your owner's manual… Read More

Why Do I Need to Change My Water Pump?

By Rick Popely on Thu Dec 31 18:15:18 GMT-06:00 2015

When water pumps leak or quit working they quickly cause an engine to overheat, but they generally don’t need to be replaced unless such problems develop. An exception to this is that some water pumps are driven by the timing… Read More

How Often Should I Replace My Water Pump?

By Rick Popely on Thu Dec 31 17:44:35 GMT-06:00 2015

With any luck, you shouldn’t have to replace a water pump even if you keep a vehicle for 10 years or more; they often last that long. Unless a water pump starts to leak, makes unusual noises or quits working,… Read More