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Different Types of Cooling Systems In Automobiles

When an automobile engine gets heated while running, it is the job of the cooling system to reduce the heat and protect the engine from overheating. Irrespective of the outside temperature, the cooling system has to keep the engine at right temperatures, not too low or high, but at a moderate constant proportion. Excessive cooling reduces vehicle fuel efficiency whereas overheating damages the engine. Typically it is the responsibility of cooling system to dissipate excess heat into the air and keep engine operating at its most efficient temperature. Automobiles use two types of cooling systems air cooling and liquid cooling systems. Read More

Water Pump and Timing Belt Replacement

Both the water pump and timing belt are important when it comes to engine maintenance. So, while you’re going through the difficulty of replacing the water pump, save some time and labor costs by replacing the timing belt at the same time.

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How Long Do Water Pumps Last? Consider These Factors.

The lifespan of a water pump varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, but most last from 60,000 to 100,000 miles or more. Most pumps are replaced prior to failure as they are replaced in a lot of cases with the timing belt.

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How to Check for Leaks in an Automotive Cooling System

Cooling system leaks can be internal or external in nature. Either one is cause for concern and immediate attention to head off any possibility of overheating or catastrophic engine failure.

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Flex Fans Versus Clutch Fans - Their Pros and Cons

Engine cooling fans are necessary to draw air through the radiator while the vehicle is moving at a slow speed or when at an idle. When the vehicle is moving at sufficient speed, air is being forced through the radiator at a greater cubic feet per minute (CFM) than the fan is capable of, making the fan redundant.

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Cold Weather Cooling System Protection

The weather in most parts of the country is bitterly cold right now, and much of the country is blanketed in a thin (or even not-so-thin) layer of ice and snow. Even areas that typically never see snow or ice are shut down due to the severe winter storms that 2014 brought with it.

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Diagnosing Overheating Problems on Vehicles with Electric Fans

Engine overheating is a serious problem that can swiftly cause catastrophic damage to the engine. Engines, being a thermal device, are subject to contraction when cold and expansion as their temperature rise.

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Heater Malfunctioning May Not Be a Cooling System Problem

Vehicle AC and heating systems have many common parts, which work synchronously to produce warm or cool air for the driver and passengers. Unfortunately, a single malfunctioning part or improper installation can result in failure or decreased capacity of the heating and air conditioning systems.

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How Difficult Is Water Pump Replacement? Can Anyone Do It?

The location of the water pump in relation to the engine can vary by application. Whether you can replace it yourself depends on how much experience you have.

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Consequences of Overheating

It is hard to disagree that one of the most destructive things a person can do to their vehicle is to allow the engine to overheat. Severe overheating can render the engine -- and many of its component parts -- completely useless, resulting in a large repair bill.

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Evolution of the Automotive Radiator

From the time of the very first vehicles until the '70s, radiators were made of a combination of brass and copper. No other material could compete with this combination in terms of heat dissipation, resistance to corrosion and ease of repair.

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