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Car Radiator Repair in Euless & North Richland Hills, TX

WE’LL WORK HARD TO GET YOUR CAR'S COOLING SYSTEM IN SHAPE

Cooling System Service - Radiator Flush - Anti-Freeze Check - Euless

colling system service and repair

Often overlooked, your car's cooling system is an important part of your vehicle running  smoothly. Coolant can build up contaminants and debri as you drive that eventually clogs up and causes larger issues. Especially since the purpose of your cooling system is to keep the engine from overheating. Making sure your coolant is regularly changed out is necessary for maintaining a healthy cooling system. Get your questions answered and a full cooling system inspection at any of our Parra Car Care locations!

WHEN TO CHECK YOUR COOLANT LEVELS:

  • Coolant has leaked out underneath your vehicle

  • If you find that your temperature gauge is always high and your engine is showing signs of overheating

  • If there is visible debris in your coolant tank

  • There are a lot of factors that go into how much wear and build up your cooling system has over time. Make sure to consider the vehicle’s make, model, and year, as well as your driving habits and conditions. Although most automakers recommend changing out coolant every 30,000-40,000 miles or at least every two years, depending on which comes first.

Cooling System Repair FAQs

How do I know if I need coolant?

Coolant helps to regulate your engine's temperature, but it can degrade or leak over time. In this situation, you'll need to check your fluid levels and get a coolant flush from an auto shop that specializes in these services.

Some common signs indicating the presence of coolant problems include:

  • Unusual sweet smells. Can you smell something sweet from under your vehicle's hood? This smell comes from overheating ethylene glycol—a standard coolant ingredient.
  • Overheating. If your car regularly overheats, its coolant may be to blame.
  • Strange noises. Make a point of checking your coolant levels if you hear a gurgling noise while starting your car. This sound can come from air bubbles filling space when your coolant levels get low.
  • Coolant leaks. When your coolant system develops a leak, you'll need both a coolant flush and coolant system repair.

How often does the antifreeze and coolant system be flushed?

When you notice the red flags listed above, there's a good chance that you're due for a coolant flush. Along with that, occasional coolant flushes should be a part of your regular auto maintenance schedule. Your personal coolant flush timeline will depend on the vehicle you drive and the type of coolant you use.

Generally speaking, it's ideal to get a coolant or antifreeze flush every two years/30,000 miles (for coolants containing silicates) or every five years/100,000 miles (for extended drain coolants). If you aren't sure which coolant variety you use, simply check its color—the former type of coolant is usually green, while the latter type is typically orange or gold.

What happens if my engine overheats?

An overheating engine is never good for your vehicle, but the effects of this problem will vary depending on your engine temperature. Here's what can happen if your engine overheats by:

  • 20-40 degrees: Driving a vehicle with a slightly overheated engine could cause “engine knock”—a situation where your car's fuel burns unevenly. If left unchecked, this situation could result in your piston/piston ring breaking or your spark plug electrode strap melting.
  • 40-80 degrees: At this point, you may notice reduced power from your engine, as well as unusual noises coming from this component. When an engine overheats to this extent, its bearings and top piston rings could sustain severe damage.
  • 100+ degrees: Finally, forcing an engine to operate at this point will result in a total meltdown. Though you may be able to save some individual components, your engine will never function as well as it used to.

To keep these issues at bay, you'll need to take cooling systems maintenance seriously. Luckily, Parra Car Care can keep your cooling system running smoothly (and handle auto cooling system repair if this system develops any problems).

What causes an engine to overheat?

Many different problems can cause a vehicle's engine to overheat. These include:

  • Cooling system leaks. Leaky coolant systems are the single most common cause of overheating engines. A few of the many leak-prone components in your car's cooling system include its radiator, hoses, and head gasket.
  • Coolant issues. If your coolant-to-water ratio is off or your car is trying to use the wrong type of coolant, your engine might overheat as a direct result.
  • A broken water pump. Normally, your car's water pump should send engine coolant through its cooling system. However, this part won't be able to do its job correctly when it's dealing with a shifted pump shaft or leak.
  • Coolant hose blockage. Unfortunately, dirt and other contaminants can enter your car's cooling system. When they do, they may block your coolant hose, negatively impacting this system's performance.
  • Trouble with your radiator. If your radiator has fan trouble, leaks, or blockage, your engine could have a tough time staying cool.

Due to the wide variety of problems that could lead to an overheating engine, it can be difficult for local drivers to determine the cause of this issue. Fortunately, you won't have to figure this out on your own. Instead, visit a reliable auto shop like Parra Car Care for car cooling system repair as soon as your car ends up in this situation.

How far can I drive when my car overheats?

Driving a vehicle while it is overheating is extremely dangerous. If you continue to operate your car while it is dealing with this problem, you could end up doing serious, irreversible damage to its engine and transmission.

Ideally, you should avoid driving your car if it has an overheating engine. But if you're in an emergency situation while your engine is overheating, you should travel no more than a quarter-mile or so. Though you may technically be able to go longer distances than this, doing so is never worth the risk.

Instead, pull over as soon as you have a chance to safely do so and turn off your engine. When that's done, call for roadside assistance or a tow truck. Once you're back home, take the next step toward resolving your vehicle's issues by setting up an appointment for coolant system repair at Parra Car Care.

Ready for a smoother ride?

If your vehicle is making unusual sounds, has new vibrations or odors, or just isn’t running the way it used to, then bring it into one of our three local auto repair shops. Get in touch with us today!