It’s no secret that an Austin, TX summer can be a scorcher. But if you think our 100 degree weather has you sweating, imagine what it does to your car!
As it turns out, you’re not the only one who counts on your vehicle’s cooling system for relief from the heat in the summer. Your automobile needs a properly working cooling system to keep it from overheating as well.
Did you know that the engine of an average, four-cylinder car creates up to 4,000 mini explosions each minute? It’s true, and that’s in a four-cylinder engine, not even a six or eight-cylinder one! These mini explosions help create the energy necessary to keep your vehicle in motion, but they also emit a ton of excess heat. Your car then relies on its cooling system to keep it at a steady, operable temperature.
How does a car’s cooling system keep the engine from overheating? The cooling system is made up of a series of hoses that circulates coolant, also known as antifreeze, through the engine. This liquid coolant absorbs heat from the engine, and then carries it into the radiator where it is cooled. This newly cooled antifreeze then circulates back to the engine to continue the process all over again.
To keep your vehicle’s cooling system – and engine – performing correctly, it’s important that you keep up with your car’s AC repair and maintenance services over time. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see what it recommends for your particular car, truck, SUV, minivan or hybrid vehicle as far as a maintenance schedule for your cooling system.
We recommend having your car’s air conditioning checked out at least once a year, preferably before the hottest days of summer. This just ensures that everything is working properly, and that you and your engine won’t be left high and dry should a major heat wave hit! It’s also a good idea to get a radiator flush every two years or so to remove any buildup that can occur over time. If you ever need any AC repair in Austin or the surrounding areas, the expert mechanics at Dave’s Ultimate Automotive are here and always happy to help you!