Whitaker Auto Repair

115 N Carey St
Grand Island, NE 68803

308.398.0505

Vehicle Maintenance Tips from Whitaker Auto Repair: Cooling System Repairs

Posted on June 17,15 by truck2

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NEBRASKA car owners know how vital the cooling system is: coolant/antifreeze circulates around the engine, absorbs heat, and then dissipates it in the radiator.

Cooling system failure can cause extensive and pricey engine damage. There are a couple of fine points that may be beneficial for GRAND ISLAND car owners.

One is about minor coolant leaks. It’s tempting to put off repairing small cooling system leaks – we just keep topping off the coolant. There are several problems with this. Let’s examine the following:

First, coolant is messy. It doesn’t just evaporate away. The puddle is harmful to the environment and is toxic to pets.

Second, the cooling system needs to maintain a certain pressure to do its job. A leak compromises the pressure.

Third, small leaks can unexpectedly become big leaks that leave NEBRASKA motorists stranded.

Fourth, you need to keep the correct balance of coolant/antifreeze and distilled water to maintain proper boil and freeze properties.

Another vital point is corrosion protection. Antifreeze/coolant contains a package of anti-corrosion additives. These powerful additives coat internal surfaces throughout the entire cooling system. They protect against oxidation which can lead to leaks as well as scale that clogs cooling system components. The protective coating is constantly reacting to chemical compounds created by the extreme heating and cooling cycle the coolant goes through. Over time, the coating is depleted and there is nothing left to protect the exposed metal in the engine and other important system parts.

This is why your auto maker recommends your coolant/antifreeze be changed periodically. Even though your old coolant may be cooling your engine just fine, it leaves it exposed to corrosive elements that will damage the system. A best practice for GRAND ISLAND auto owners is to also have a coolant exchange performed when replacing a cooling system component. For example, when you put in a new water pump it is not coated with anti-corrosion additives. If your anti-corrosion package is already depleted, the new water pump will immediately be subject to corrosive elements that will quickly start to reduce its life cycle. If you change the coolant when the new water pump is installed, it will be protected the first time you start the engine.

When we do a coolant exchange at Whitaker Auto Repair in GRAND ISLAND, we try to remove as much of the old coolant and accumulated sediment from the system as possible. We also survey your cooling system thoroughly. Ask us if it’s time for a cooling system service. And if you suspect a leak let’s get that repaired right away.

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Whitaker Auto Repair
115 North Carey
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA 68803
308.398.0505

At Whitaker Auto Repair, we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

At Whitaker Auto Repair in GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA (68803) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 308.398.0505. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Smart Car Care for GRAND ISLAND Drivers: Hoses

Posted on May 14,15 by truck2

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Your radiator hoses carry coolant between your engine and radiator. It’s an essential job. If a hose fails, you could lose your engine coolant which might lead to dangerous overheating and very expensive engine damage so you want to make sure you always have good hoses.

Radiator hoses are very resilient, but they are subject to very harsh NEBRASKA conditions. Think about it, the temperature might be below freezing when you start your engine and the coolant could be up over 100 degrees Fahrenheit within a mile. These extreme internal temperature fluctuations contribute to hose degradation from the inside. Oil splashing on the outside of a hose will cause the hose material to soften over time. Ozone can also eat away at the hose.

The bottom line for GRAND ISLAND auto owners is that hoses don’t last forever and will need to be replaced. If you see steam coming from under your hood, you probably have a cooling system leak somewhere. Other signs are puddles of coolant under the vehicle, bulges in the radiator hose, cracks or a spongy feel. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, have your cooling system checked. If you have any cooling system adjustments, like a water pump replacement, hose replacement or radiator repair, it is also a good idea to have your hoses replaced at the same time along with the radiator pressure cap.

Moreover, it is important that the coolant be serviced when you replace a radiator or water pump so that there are plenty of anti-corrosion additives in the coolant to coat and protect the new parts that have been installed. Simply reusing the old coolant can lead to rapid and dangerous corrosion of the newly installed parts.

The most common reason for engine failure is a failed cooling system. Ask your experienced Whitaker Auto Repair service specialist if it’s time for a cooling system inspection or service. You can eliminate potentially disastrous and pricey damage with proper cooling system maintenance at Whitaker Auto Repair.

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Whitaker Auto Repair
115 North Carey
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA 68803
308.398.0505

At Whitaker Auto Repair we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

At Whitaker Auto Repair in GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA (68803) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 308.398.0505. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Cooling System

Posted on March 12,15 by truck2

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We’re often asked questions in GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA 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 you sedan 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.

GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA Cooling System 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 your Whitaker Auto Repair service adviser in GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA 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 pressure. We recommend replacing pressure caps when you change your coolant to avoid this problem.

We see leaky water pumps and hoses in GRAND ISLAND 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.

At Whitaker Auto Repair in GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA (68803) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 308.398.0505. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

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Grand Island, NE 68803

Phone: 308.398.0505

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