Summer in Michigan means two things: road trips and hot weather. Before you pack the car, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle’s cooling system is working correctly. Your cooling system is a key component in your vehicle in the summer months. The cooling system controls the temperature of your engine, preventing it from overheating and breaking down, while also regulating the temperature of other components under your hood. It also manages the temperature inside the cabin to keep you and your passengers comfortable. If this system isn’t working properly, you risk your engine overheating and sweltering cabin temperatures. In the sections below, you’ll learn about the importance of each system and some warning signs to look out for.
Your vehicle’s cooling system regulates the temperature of your engine and other components under the hood. The cooling system distributes coolant through a water pump located between the engine and, with the assistance of the radiator, helps to form cooler air to lower the temperature of the engine coolant to maintain a steady temperature. High engine temperatures can cause serious damage to your vehicle, so if cooling system components are not working correctly, it needs to be serviced as soon as possible. Here are some of the signs your cooling system may need to be serviced:
The temperature gauge is too high or too low. When everything in your vehicle is running smoothly, your temperature gauge will stay in the “normal zone”, which is the middle point between high and low. If your cooling system isn’t working properly, your temperature gauge could read too high or low. This could be due to a blocked cooling fan, or another component not working properly. If this happens, we recommend that you bring your vehicle to our service center at Graff Bay City so we can give it a full inspection.
The vehicle heater is not working correctly. If the pressure of the air from your vehicle’s heater seems low, it could be a sign that your coolant isn’t moving through the cooling system properly since the heater in your vehicle utilizes the same coolant as your engine. It’s important to have your vehicle inspected by a service technician if this happens to be sure there is not a larger issue with the vehicle.
Your coolant is leaking. You should stay aware of any leaks from your vehicle, however, you can identify an external coolant leak by an orange, yellow, or pink liquid under your vehicle. If you smell a sweet scent coming from your vehicle, you could have an internal coolant leak.
Your engine temperature light turns on. A problem with your cooling system could result in your engine overheating. If your engine temperature light comes on, you’ll want to address the problem as soon as possible because an overheated engine can cause serious damage to other components of your vehicle as well.
Performing routine cooling system inspections and coolant flushes will keep your vehicle’s cooling system running great. We recommend that you bring your vehicle into our service center every 24,000 miles or every two years, whichever comes first, for a coolant flush. For more information on your vehicle’s cooling system check out our routine cooling system maintenance page.
Did you know that during the summer months the cabin of your vehicle can get up to 40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature? This is why your vehicle’s air conditioning is so important during the summer season. Your A/C system works by sucking heat from the air in the cabin, pushing it out of the vehicle through the radiator, and then drawing cold air through the evaporator into the cabin of the vehicle. Keeping your A/C system in working condition is the key to staying comfortable and avoiding overheating in the summer.
Here are some warning signs you should look out for with your air conditioning system:
There are signs of a leak. A leak can cause costly future damage if the problem is not addressed in a timely manner. A leak can be caused by moisture buildup and old components. Over a period of time, the hoses and seals within your vehicle can lose their elasticity and cause moisture. Visual signs of an issue include low air pressure from vents or a puddle under your car.
There is weak airflow from your vents. There are many different factors that can cause a weak airflow from your vents, including a hose coming loose, a loose or broken seal on the ventilation system, a broken ventilation fan, or even a buildup of mold or mildew on the evaporator core.
A bad odor is coming from your your vents. If you have a bad odor coming from the vents within your car, truck, or SUV it could be caused by a dirty air cabin filter or from mold. If this happens, schedule a deodorizer service at our service center.
Cold air isn’t coming from the vents. A lack of cold air coming from your vehicle’s vents could be a result of many different situations including a leak in a seal, hose, or another component; a hose coming loose; a faulty switch or fuse; a damaged condenser or evaporator; or a failed blower motor. If you have a lack of cold air coming from your vents, bring your vehicle into our service center as soon as possible to establish whether it is due to a major or minor problem.
If any of these warning signs occur with your car, truck, or SUV, bring your vehicle into our friendly service center at Graff Bay City and our team of ASE Certified technicians will take care of the problem. In order to keep your A/C system running properly all summer long, we suggest getting routine air filter checks. For more information on your A/C system take a look at our routine A/C services page.
At Graff Bay City, we want to make your summer as cool as possible! Our team of professionally certified service technicians will inspect and repair your cooling system so you’re ready for any adventure this season. You can always count on us to offer you the best dealership experience around. Make an appointment at our service center online or by calling (989) 684-4411. Graff Bay City is located at 3636 Wilder Rd, Bay City, MI and we’re happy to serve the communities of Pinconning, Clio, and Midland!