Your engine gets pretty hot when in use due to the nature of internal combustion, and your vehicle is built to combat this high heat by circulating liquid through a cooling system. At Automotive Technology of West Islip, our team of ASE Certified expert technicians is skilled in all types of cooling system repair and diagnostics. Your cooling system is made up of several components, including a radiator, fans, various hoses, a water pump, a thermostat, and a coolant reservoir. When the engine reaches operating temperature, the water pump begins to circulate coolant to parts of the engine that get really hot. This is regulated by a thermostat that opens and closes a valve to let the coolant pass through at certain intervals. The coolant absorbs the heat from the engine and then carries it to the radiator, where outside air cools it rapidly with the help of a fan. Once cooled down, the coolant makes its way back to the hot engine and repeats the process.
When one of these parts starts to malfunction or fails completely, the heat that is produced by the engine has nowhere to go, and the engine can overheat. This can be extremely dangerous and cause a serious breakdown and expensive repairs, so it’s important to keep an eye on your vehicle’s temperature gauge in the instrument panel. In some cases, the thermostat that controls the flow of coolant can get stuck, and the valve that it controls can remain either open or closed all the time. If the valve is stuck in the closed position, the coolant cannot flow, and the engine overheats. The pressure created can cause the head gasket to blow, and oil will mix with the coolant. This will damage the internal parts of your engine and end up requiring its replacement. In other cases, coolant may leak if there are damaged hoses or a hole in the radiator, which would mean that there isn’t enough coolant flowing to cool the engine properly. Or, if your radiator fan stops running, the coolant will run too hot to cool the engine effectively.
Our team of ASE Certified technicians at Automotive Technology of West Islip is trained to pinpoint issues or malfunctions with your engine’s cooling system and provide the services necessary to help you avoid a major mechanical breakdown. We back our cooling system repair services with a 24-month / 24,000-mile warranty to make sure that you get back on the road with the confidence that your cooling system will perform as intended. If you notice your temperature gauge rising or a low level of coolant in your reservoir, we welcome you to book an appointment with us by calling (631) 321-5209 or stopping by our location in person at 836 Union Boulevard, and we’ll look after you.