Archive for March 2022
Keep Your Tires Well Rounded in Farmington: Tire Rotation and Wheel Balancing at Darrell's FirestonePosted March 27, 2022 8:37 AM
Taking care of our tires is part of vehicle care for Farmington drivers. We know they have to be replaced when they wear out, but tires also require some preventive maintenance. This maintenance will improve and extend the life of the tires, so it's well worth the effort and expense for Farmington drivers to get it done. Tire maintenance includes keeping tires properly inflated, rotating tires and balancing wheels.
Darrell's Firestone Radiator ServicePosted March 20, 2022 11:00 AM
The most recognizable part of the coolant system is the radiator. It is connected to the engine with hoses and is filled with coolant. The coolant draws heat off the engine and then passes into the radiator. Air passes through cooling fins to reduce the temperature of the coolant and then it's back to the engine again.
Remember, Darrell's Firestone has the equipment to change your coolant quickly and inexpensively.
Keeping Your Cool (Coolant leak repair)Posted March 13, 2022 11:36 AM
If there’s one thing you should pay attention to with your vehicle, it’s the temperature gauge. It’s the one that may say C---H (that means “cold---hot”). Or maybe yours has a picture of a thermometer on it and a blue and red zone. If you see the needle heading farther to the “H” or red area, that means your vehicle’s engine is running hotter than it normally does.
One of the most common causes of an engine running hot is a leak in your cooling system. Maybe you’ve seen puddles of coolant under your vehicle, or you’ve smelled the coolant, either inside or outside your vehicle (it has a sort of “sweet” or fruity smell). That’s your engine giving you a warning signal that it’s time to head over to your repair facility to find out what’s going on.
Your vehicle’s coolant can leak for several reasons. You may have hoses that are deteriorating (heat and age take their toll). It’s possible the pump that circulates coolant has developed a problem (seals and bearings can fail from heat and wear). You may have something as simple as a bad radiator cap. Or your radiator or heater core may have holes in it.
If your coolant is leaking out, this can cause serious damage to your engine if you just let it go. Your engine could get so hot that some of the metal parts start to warp. Sometimes, your coolant can start mixing in with your engine oil. That can result in a very expensive repair if it gets to that stage, so have it checked out before that happens.
A technician will visually inspect your coolant system, including the reservoir tank, check hoses and fittings, test the water pump, and also may pressure test the radiator. When the problem or problems are found, they will replace the necessary parts and get you back on the road.
When it comes to a coolant leak, finding the cause can be tricky. But it’s important to catch a cooling system issue in time—before your engine sustains more serious damage. Now, that’s pretty cool.
Taking the Heat (Heater Hose Maintenance/Repair)Posted March 6, 2022 7:20 AM
If you have an internal combustion vehicle, you know it has a lot of hoses that carry various fluids. And if you have a heater in your vehicle, you'll have heater hoses.
A heater hose connects to and from the engine so some coolant can be circulated through a little radiator called a heater core. In cold weather, that heater core acts as a heat exchanger to heat up your cabin.
Even in the hot weather, the heater hoses can prove problematic. That's because they may remain pressurized even though you're not running your heater. Heater hoses are made out of tough materials since they must handle heat and pressure. But even the durable rubber, plastic and metal they are made out of can crack or leak from years of use. That means coolant can be sprayed out into the engine compartment or leak onto a driveway or garage floor.
You may be able to see a puddle of coolant under your vehicle or perhaps smell the odor of the coolant under the hood. Some say it has a sweet smell. Another sign coolant may be leaking out of the heater hoses is your engine may be running hotter. You'll be able to tell by watching the heat gauge on your dash. Let's say your heat gauge usually points just slightly below halfway between the C and H (Cold and Hot) of the heat gauge. But now it is just slightly above. That's enough to tell you that the coolant temperature has gone up a little, a possible sign of trouble.
This is a good time to swing by your service facility and have them take a look. If they catch the leak when it's small, it's a relatively simple matter of draining the coolant, replacing the hoses and replacing the coolant. Sometimes, though, a heater hose can suddenly burst and a lot of coolant can leak out quickly. That can, in turn, cause your engine to start to overheat. In that case, you may see your vehicle's temperature gauge shoot up pretty quickly. Then it's best to pull over and have your car towed to a repair facility since driving with no coolant can cause severe engine damage.
Preventative maintenance is your best insurance against heater hose problems. A technician will periodically check for any signs of cracks or leaks. You should expect to replace a heater hose at least once during the time you own your vehicle.
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