Xpertech Auto Repair Shop Englewood Florida

Xpertech Auto Repair

101 N. McCall Road, Englewood, FL 34223

Ph. (941)474-3793

Business Hours:

Mon-Fri: 8am - 5pm

(Closed Sat & Sun)

 

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Cooling System

 

Your radiator protects your engine and air conditioning condenser from overheating. It also plays an important role with the computer controlled system. An engine temperature sensor actually tells the computer what the engine temperature is so the computer can adjust the air and fuel mixture and engine timing.Car Over heating The efficiency of the radiator directly effects the efficiency of your engine.

 

That's why flushing the cooling system and pH balancing the coolant is recommended at least once every two years.

 

Our coolant system power flush removes contaminates. We pressure test the cooling system for leaks, clean the recovery bottle and pressure test the radiator cap. The system is then refilled with the proper mix of coolant and water to reach the -35 degrees for winter protection.

 

We’re often asked questions about the cooling system – the system that cools your engine and keeps it at the proper operating temperature. Let’s examine the topic in two areas: first the coolant itself and, second, the parts that make up the cooling system.

 

The coolant in your car or light truck is the mix of water and antifreeze that circulates through the engine to draw off heat. First, you need to have the proper amount. If you don’t have enough coolant it can’t keep your engine cool.

 

You also need the right kind of coolant. Different makes of sedans and other vehicles require different coolant formulation to protect against corrosion.

 

 

Checking coolant fluid

 

Be Careful Removing The Radiator Cap!

The radiator’s heat and pressure build up to dangerous levels when a car is running. Serious injury can come from removing the cap from a hot engine. If too much pressure has built up, removing the cap can send boiling water and steam up and out in all directions. Allowing the car to sit for around 30 minutes will ensure the pressure and temperature has dropped to a safe level before you attempt to remove the radiator cap. Most caps have a clear warning label on the outside of the cap itself warning about this important step.

 

 

Finally, your coolant needs to be fresh. Over time and miles, the anti-corrosion additives in the coolant are depleted and the coolant can actually start to eat away at the cooling system parts. Your owner’s manual and our service adviser can help you with the recommended coolant replacement schedule and make sure you’re getting the right type of coolant.

 

Now let’s talk about the cooling system components. These will all eventually wear out and need to be replaced.

 

Starting with the radiator, we see them coming into the shop with leaks or clogged with deposits. Depending on the damage, we will clean, repair or replace. We also see radiator pressure caps that can no longer hold the proper Car overheatpressure. We recommend replacing pressure caps when you change your coolant to avoid this problem.

 

We see leaky water pumps and hoses in our area that need to be replaced, too. There’s also a part called the thermostat that opens and closes to regulate the flow of coolant. Sometimes they stick open or closed and the cooling system won’t work properly.

 

Engine damage from overheating can be very expensive to fix so it’s important to maintain your cooling system properly with scheduled coolant replacement and periodic inspections of the cooling system. Certainly come in if you suspect a leak and have us take a look.

 


 

Heater Core

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Englewood Florida drivers may wonder where the air in a vehicle's passenger compartment comes from. Well, as your engine starts to warm up, it also warms the coolant/antifreeze that circulates around the engine and through the radiator. There is also a hose that carries coolant/antifreeze from the engine to the heater core and another that takes it back into the engine. The heater core looks like a little radiator and lives in the air blend box behind the dashboard.

When you turn on the heat, air blows over the heater core, is warmed, and comes into the cabin. Some vehicles have a heater valve that moves coolant through the heater core when the heat is on and bypasses the heater core when the heat is off. In other vehicles, the temperature of the air is controlled within the air blend box by how much air is directed over the heater core.

The engine cooling system, in a larger sense, also encompasses the heater core. Things that adversely affect, say, your radiator will also harm your heater core. The coolant/antifreeze contains corrosion inhibitors that coat the surfaces inside the cooling system, including the heater core. When the corrosion inhibitors are depleted, the cooling system can become corroded, filled with contaminants and may even start to leak.

There are several signs that warn of a leaky heater core: First you may a sweet smell from your vents. This is coolant leaking out and getting into the air. You may even see vapor coming out the vents and notice a film building up inside the windows. Of course, breathing coolant vapors is bad for you.

You may also see coolant on the driveway. Depending on the design of your vehicle, you may even get coolant leaking out into the foot wells of the cabin.

Coolant/antifreeze leaking out through the heater core means that the overall coolant level in the system will be low and the engine is in danger of overheating – which is the cause of mechanical breakdown.

The good news is that the things you do to protect your cooling system also protect your heater core. Changing your coolant/antifreeze as directed by your owner's manual or upon the advice of your Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. service advisor will help ensure your coolant has enough corrosion inhibitors working to protect this system. Also, quickly repairing any leaks and inspecting hoses for signs of internal breakdown will help keep any from becoming an emergency.

Make sure you consult with your friendly and knowledgeable Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. service advisor about when your cooling system should be serviced.

 


 

Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. Tech Question On Your Water Pump
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Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. Tech Question:
I was driving on the freeway in Florida and my vehicle engine started to get hot. I turned off my air conditioner and was able to drive the short distance to my meeting and then found a shop in Englewood. It turns out that my water pump was leaking. It cost me many hundreds of dollars to get it fixed. What could I have done to avoid this?

Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. Answer:
This guy's story really did have a happy ending. When you continue driving when your engine's overheating you risk a catastrophic engine failure. It really is a good idea to pull over and let your vehicle engine cool down before driving again. If you add water or coolant, be sure your engine is cool or you risk serious burns.

Now there's no way for Englewood Florida drivers to know when their water pump will fail – they just wear out. This fellow's water pump replacement was more because his water pump is driven by his timing belt. That requires a lot of hours to get to the water pump and then put everything back on the engine.

A money saving tip from Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. in Englewood FL.: if your water pump is driven by your timing belt – replace the pump when you have your scheduled timing belt replacement. That way most of the work is already done and you don't have to pay for it twice.

Check with your friendly and knowledgeable professionals at Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. about when your timing belt should be replaced.

 


 

Coolant Replacement at Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. in Englewood
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Your cooling system's job is to keep your vehicle engine cool while driving around Englewood, Venice and Port Charlotte Florida. Coolant (also called antifreeze) mixed with water flows through your engine and absorbs heat. The mixture then flows out to the radiator where it's cooled by air flowing over the radiator. From there the cooled mix circulates back through the engine to absorb more heat.

Coolant, or antifreeze, is specially formulated to keep your vehicle engine safe in a wide range of environmental and operating temperatures in Florida. Without coolant, the metal engine parts would expand so much that the engine would seize up and stop running. Many parts could be broken or warp so badly they would have to be replaced. It could even be so bad that the whole engine is ruined and has to be replaced. Also, if it's freezing outside in Englewood, the water in your vehicle engine could freeze while your vehicle is sitting out in the Florida cold.

This is why Englewood are wise to check coolant levels frequently and have their vehicle cooling system inspected at Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. for leaks. Also your vehicle has a maintenance requirement for draining and replacing your coolant. These recommendations can vary widely, so check your owner's manual or ask your Englewood service advisor at Xpertech Auto Repair Inc..

The reason you need to change the coolant is that it has additives in it to protect the cooling system. As you can imagine, with all the heat, the cooling system's a pretty harsh environment. The additives keep the fluid from becoming corrosive and damaging the vehicle radiator and other cooling system components.

Over time, the additives are depleted, and the coolant just has to be replaced. A simple Ph test can measure the coolant's acidity. You may have noticed that there are different colors of antifreeze; it is important that Englewood drivers use the correct type. The different coolant types are different colors so you don't mix them up.

Manufacturers use different materials to make the cooling system, and they require different types of antifreeze to protect them. So check with your friendly and knowledgeable Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. or your vehicle's owner's manual for the right kind, because using the wrong coolant can void the warranty for your cooling system.

Give us a call.

Xpertech Auto Repair Inc.
101 N McCall Rd., Englewood, Florida 34223
941-474-3793

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Xpertech Auto Repair

101 N. McCall Rd, Englewood, FL

Ph. (941)474-3793

Business Hours:

Mon-Fri: 8:am - 5pm

(Closed Sat & Sun)

 

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