Cooling system failure is the primary cause of engine breakdowns on the highway. By maintaining these systems, you can help prevent a potentially dangerous situation, costly repairs, and inconvenience for you and your family. Most often, your car or truck will show signs of an impending cooling system failure such as the following:
- Dashboard temperature gauge shows the car is running hotter or colder than normal or is in the red.
- Any colored fluid is leaking from the engine.
- Steam is coming from the engine or dash vents.
- Car engine smells “hot.”
- Coolant Level Sensor/Lights on Dash
- Engine belts and hoses are more than 5 years old or are showing signs of wear.
- If your air conditioning blows only slightly cooler air compared to the exterior air
- Air that blows in smells damp, musty, or like mildew and mold
- Your cabin does not warm up in cold weather, or is just a little warmer than outside
- The defroster takes longer than typical to operate, or does not operate
- Your heater or A/C only functions when driving, not when idling, or quits blowing when the car is stationary
- Your heating system blows cold air, or the air conditioning blows warm air
- Low airflow even at the highest fan setting.
Your owner’s manual recommends maintenance, such as replacement of anti-freeze. At Webster’s Import Service , our ASE-certified master technicians will perform a professional inspection of the system and provide you with a complete analysis of the current conditions and the estimated cost of repair.
Our complete inspection of the heating, cooling, and ventilation system in your vehicle at Webster’s Import Service includes:
- Examining the internal controls and blower
- Checking radiator coolant operating temperature, hoses, pressure radiator cap and thermostat
- Inspecting Compressor Belt
- Inspecting Cabin Air Filter
- Inspecting system and seals for leaks or various other damages.
- A cooling system pressure test
- Measuring the interior vent air temperature