It is important to keep your vehicle in the best condition possible. If you notice anything out of the norm, it is essential to bring it in so we can inspect it for any sign of an issue. To help locate the source of the problem quicker, make sure to write down what the problem was, and the conditions you were driving in when the problem happened. Understanding the vehicle can also be important. One item to notice is the water pump. Water pumps are a very important part of a vehicle’s cooling system. It pumps water throughout the system and helps to keep the engine at a cooler operational temperature. These pumps draw in and push out water and antifreeze. When a vehicle suddenly begins to overheat, it is one of the first items that should be inspected. A broken water pump will not transmit the coolant where it needs to go. It may need to have it replaced in order to restore the proper engine temperature again. A vehicle can overheat from a faulty thermostat just as quickly as it can from a faulty water pump.

Radiators are an important part to check

The radiator in a vehicle is where the coolant is stored. The radiator is in the front of the engine where it can cool the components. Over time, radiators can become rusty and dirty. The radiator should be cleaned once every couple of years. Additionally, a radiator could also become worn and develop a leak that will make the engine lose coolant. Any problems with the radiator, water pumps, or thermostat can cause overheating. Overheating can damage the engine beyond repair. Therefore, it is very important for a vehicle to have the fluids checked in the radiator frequently.

Gaskets should be inspected regularly

A vehicle has many gaskets, which are small rubber items that seal certain areas such as the valve covers, crankcase, intake manifold, and heads. When a gasket installation is done, the rubber piece that prevents liquids from leaking is replaced. Installing gaskets in some areas is costly because of the time involved with the procedure, as many parts have to be removed and then properly put back into place.

Know where the Rods are for the vehicle

Connecting rods are steel pieces that connect the piston rings to the crankshaft. Piston rings are ironclad or aluminum based pieces that seal gas. These components work together to operate the engine. To have it fixed may require having the engine taken apart partially. One common problem that cars have is a rod knock. When you can hear a rod knocking, the engine is in a very bad position. It is just a matter of time before one of the components slams into the engine. Engine replacement may be necessary for a vehicle in this condition. It is always best to have a professional inspect the vehicle. This way we can locate specifically the issue it might be having. It can also help reduce the chance of a costly repair bill in the future.