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54 Old Miller Road
Suite A East Greenbush, NY 12061

518-477-5110
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Keeping Your Engine Cool in East Greenbush, NY

Posted May 22, 2022 10:07 AM



The cooling system keeps NY vehicle's engines from overheating while they are driving around East Greenbush. Its job is to move heat away from the engine. Let's talk about the various components of the system and how they make this happen.

The radiator is the part most East Greenbush drivers associate with the cooling system. Coolant flows through the radiator which has fine cooling fins that draw the heat out of the coolant and dissipate it into the air. To make sure there's enough airflow over the radiator, a fan pulls air over the cooling fins even when the vehicle is idling.

In some vehicles, the fan is powered by the serpentine belt. On others, an electric motor runs the fan. Electric fans turn on and off as needed. You may have heard the fan kick on shortly after you turn your vehicle off. The sensor has determined that the engine needs a little help cooling down to a safe temperature.

A hose connects the radiator to the water pump. The water pump pushes the water into the vehicle engine block. Now the engine block and cylinder heads have passages for the coolant to pass through without getting into the oil or the combustion chamber. In the automotive community, these passages are referred to as the "water jacket."

While the coolant is passing through the water jacket, it absorbs heat from the vehicle engine on its way to the radiator for cooling. Between the engine and the radiator is a gatekeeper called the thermostat. The thermostat's job is to regulate the temperature of the engine just like your home thermostat regulates the temperature in your house. It gets your engine up to the correct operating temperature and then keeps it from overheating.

When you first start the engine, it's very cold and needs to warm up. So the thermostat blocks the flow of coolant to the radiator. As the engine warms up, the thermostat starts to let coolant flow through the system.

The final component the team at Pro Tech Tire & Auto wants to point out is the overflow reservoir. This bottle is designed to hold some of the coolant. It'll have a mark that indicates whether or not you have enough coolant. This is where you should add coolant if you just need to top it off.

Caution: never open the reservoir or the radiator cap when the car's hot. The cooling system is pressurized, and opening those caps while it's hot can cause hot coolant and steam to escape resulting in serious burns.

Cooling system failure is the most common mechanical failure in vehicles around East Greenbush, NY. At Pro Tech Tire & Auto, we can do a periodic inspection of the components for  leaks, loose connections and weakening hoses.

Your vehicle manufacturer has also specified a cooling system service interval. With a cooling system service at Pro Tech Tire & Auto in East Greenbush, the old coolant is replaced with correct clean fluid that contains the additives required to prevent corrosion. The additives are depleted over time and you need fresh fluid for adequate protection. Your radiator pressure cap should be replaced at this service as well.

Pro Tech Tire & Auto
54 Old Miller Rd
East Greenbush, NY 12061
518-477-5110
http://www.protechtireautoinc.com



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I brought my car to Pro Tech at the recommendation of my now retired former mechanic. It is stressful going to a new place for the first time, not knowing if you will be in good, trustworthy hands, but the owner John immediately put my mind at ease. I watched customers come in and out on my drop-off and pick-up visits and noticed that he remembered each of their names and their issue, even with dozens of cars in queue. Genuine and honest, I can't say enough about how disarming my encounter was. It was good to leave my vehicle in their hands. I got it back at a fair rate, with everything taken care of that needed to be. They checked through everything and made sure I was fully aware of anything that may be an issue now or in the future and took care of it all for me. I am thrilled with how my vehicle runs after leaving it with Pro Tech and will undoubtedly be returning with any future maintenance as well as suggesting it to others.
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