Maintenance & Troubleshooting
Signs of Wear & Troubleshooting
- Signs of wear include:
- Coolant leak or loss
- Steam venting from radiator or surge tank cap
- Engine overheating
Good Maintenance Practices
- Maintain proper coolant levels and check level monthly (Note: Never attempt to remove a radiator cap while the engine is hot. Serious injury could result).
- Replace coolant with a mixture of antifreeze and water according to the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations.
- Inspect engine belts for cracks or missing sections; check belt tension.
- Evaluate radiator and radiator cap for leaks, corrosion, or a worn cap gasket.
- Examine hoses every 12 months. Look for leaks, cracks or rot. Replace when showing signs of wear.
- Tighten any loose clamps. Always replace clamps when replacing hoses.
- Have cooling system inspected immediately if instrument panel-mounted temperature gauge indicates engine overheating.
- Periodically, remove bugs, leaves and other debris from the front of the radiator. They can block airflow and substantially reduce cooling efficiency.