Coolant System

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How Often Should I Change Engine Coolant?

How Often Should I Change Engine Coolant?

By Rick Popely on June 2, 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, Hyu... Read More
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What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

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 new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells can lead to expensive rep... Read More
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How Can I Tell If My Radiator Is Leaking?

How Can I Tell If My Radiator Is Leaking?

By Rick Popely on July 20, 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 itse... Read More
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Help Your Car Beat the Summer Heat

Help Your Car Beat the Summer Heat

By 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
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Common Radiator and Cooling-System Problems

Common Radiator and Cooling-System Problems

By Rick Popely on February 14, 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... Read More
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Should I Change the Thermostat?

Should I Change the Thermostat?

By Rick Popely on February 14, 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. Th... Read More
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How Long Will My Belts and Hoses Last?

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
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Does Engine Coolant Go Bad?

Does Engine Coolant Go Bad?

By Rick Popely on January 3, 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... Read More
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Why Do I Need to Change My Water Pump?

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
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How Often Should I Replace My Water Pump?

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
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