Coolant System

How Often Should I Change Engine Coolant?

By Rick Popely on June 2, 2017

CARS.COM — When is the right time to change your engine coolant? For some vehicles, you're advised to change the coolant every 30,000 miles. For others, changing it isn't even... Read More
What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

By Rick Popely on August 17, 2016

CARS.COM — If your vehicle is giving off an unusual or sickening odor instead of that instantly identifiable new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells ca... Read More
How Can I Tell If My Radiator Is Leaking?

By Rick Popely on July 20, 2016

CARS.COM — How can you tell when your car's radiator is leaking? When the temperature gauge on your dashboard reads high or a temperature warning light comes on, you have a cooling sys... Read More
Help Your Car Beat the Summer Heat

By Kaitlin Schuler on July 11, 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... Read More
Common Radiator and Cooling-System Problems

By Rick Popely on February 14, 2016

CARS.COM — 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 ma... Read More
Should I Change the Thermostat?

By Rick Popely on February 14, 2016

CARS.COM — A car thermostat is responsible for preventing your engine from overheating. Unless an engine overheats or fails to reach normal operating temperature after being driven for sev... Read More
How Long Will My Belts and Hoses Last?

By Rick Popely on January 24, 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 man... Read More
Does Engine Coolant Go Bad?

By Rick Popely on January 3, 2016

A common question beyond the walls of Cars HQ is whether or not the engine coolant of your car radiator goes bad. The short answer: Yes, engine coolant does deteriorate over time. But unles... Read More
Why Do I Need to Change My Water Pump?

By Rick Popely on January 1, 2016

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... Read More
How Often Should I Replace My Water Pump?

By Rick Popely on December 31, 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 nois... Read More