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Is my radiator coolant leaking?

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There are many parts that keep an engine running properly.

The radiator is one of them. This component is critical, because it prevents the engine from overheating and keeps you from getting stuck on the side of the road.

How the cooling system works

In the cooling process, coolant flows through the radiator. Some of the heat disappears and the coolant flows back to the engine.

There are cooling fans that come on to pull air through the radiator to keep the air flow coming across the radiator. Some fans are belt driven while others are electric. The computers of vehicles with electric fans turn them on and off.

When the engine needs to heat up during colder weather, the computer will prevent the fan from turning on. In warmer months, the fan operates at a faster speed. 

Old Radiator.

Old Radiator

When to replace the radiator

You generally only need a new radiator if it’s clogged, there’s coolant leaking, the radiator is damaged, or the cooling fins have become bent and are preventing air flow from going through.

Oil coolers and transmission coolers that are sometimes built in the radiator leak, which leads to replacing the radiator.

Depending on how the radiators are made, some manufacturers are more prone to coolant leaking at the plastic end caps.

The radiators of some vehicles never need to be replaced.

Newer cars may need a new one if the plastic and metal components that are fused together don’t seal properly. As temperatures decrease outside, any cracks in the radiator are going to become worse.

There are a few symptoms you may notice when the radiator should be changed.

Drips near a vehicle’s bumper and the smell of coolant are a couple of signs that you need a new radiator.

If you smell something sweet when you get out of the car after driving it for a while, you probably have coolant leaking. 

Coolant fluid exchanges and different types of coolant

Every 30,000 miles, it’s a good idea to have a coolant fluid exchange, also known as a coolant flush — which is when coolant is drained from the system and replaced with new coolant. 

This service offers many benefits, including extending the lifespan of coolant and improving how well a vehicle performs.

How often you need a coolant fluid exchange also depends on the vehicle. Some manufacturers recommend them more often.

You can learn more about coolant flushes by reading this article we wrote.

We use the correct coolant for a vehicle. Even though the green coolant is pretty universal, not all vehicles work the best with it. Some European vehicles and Diesels use a different type of coolant. 

Sometimes, you might see Asian vehicles, such as Toyotas, with red coolant. Dye isn’t the only component that changes the coolant color. The type of antifreeze that helps protect the type of metal also impacts it. 

Getting a coolant flush or coolant exchange with a coupon may damage your car, unless the correct coolant is being used, like it is at Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire.

Like other parts and systems in your car, the cooling system needs to be maintained. Doing this and replacing your radiator when it’s needed can save you a lot of headache in the future.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Steve’s Auto Repair seeking Service Advisor

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Do you have customer service experience? Are you looking to switch careers?

Come join the Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire team.

Service Advisor position available

The Woodbridge-based auto repair shop is looking for an entry level Auto Service Advisor. It’s seeking candidates who have a positive attitude, exceptional phone skills and computer knowledge.

Experience in the automotive industry isn’t required. Having customer service experience is a plus. Willingness to learn is a must.

Employees will be able to learn management skills through the full-time position. They would also receive fully paid health insurance, paid training, paid time off.

Questions and resumes may be sent to st@stevesautorepairva.com.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics. 

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Meet Jon: Service Manager of Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire

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Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire has a new team member.

Jon Connor is the repair shop’s new Service Manager.

In his new role, Connor is responsible for overseeing the technicians and service advisers. He also manages the parts and service that comes through the business.

About our new Service Manager

Before Connor began working at Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire, he served as a Service Adviser and Service Manager at Passport Infiniti. He has previously worked at Volkswagen, as well.

Connor has been interested in cars since he was a child.

For a while, he worked in construction. When the 9/11 attacks occurred, Connor decided to leave the industry.

“So, I was just a guy looking for a job, and I got into [the automotive industry] and started to enjoy it and realized that I was good at it,” he said.

Outside of work, Connor enjoys spending time with his wife and 8-year-old daughter.

“We spend a lot of time together, and do pretty much everything together,” he said.  

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.