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Tag: Cooling

Coolant Level and Mix Ratio

The antifreeze coolant that flows through your car or truck’s cooling system does more than just keep your engine from freezing in the winter. It also cools the engine while you’re driving. Without coolant, your engine would overheat after only a few minutes of driving. It could freeze overnight without enough antifreeze in it. There are two things you have to things you should remember when you’re checking and topping off your(…)

AC: What is “Freon?”

“Freon” is a blanket term for a group of chemicals that are often used as refrigerants. These are the chemicals in the air conditioning refill cans you see in auto parts stores. Freon refrigerants are used in the air conditioning (AC) systems of cars and trucks. It cools the air in your vehicle by circulating through the AC system and cooling air that is then blown into your cabin by a fan.(…)

Radiator Hose Maintenance

A radiator hose carries antifreeze coolant to and from the radiator on your engine. On most vehicles, there are two main radiator hoses. The upper radiator hose carries coolant from the top of the radiator to the top of the engine to keep it from overheating. The lower radiator hose connects the bottom of the radiator to the water pump, which pumps the coolant throughout the system. Both hoses are connected(…)

What is a Serpentine Belt?

A serpentine belt is a long, rubberized strap that uses the energy from your vehicle’s engine to power its electrical systems. Your serpentine belt is located under the hood in the front of the engine compartment. As its name implies, it snakes around various pulleys and rotating cams. This grooved belt harnesses the motor’s energy, efficiently providing power to the several necessary components. These include the alternator (battery charger), air conditioning, and power steering.(…)

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