Is your vehicle running hot? Overheating? Does the engine leak green fluid from the cooling system? Are the belts due for replacement? Are the hoses over 4 years old? Any of these conditions may indicate the need for service or repairs to your vehicle's engine cooling system.
At ExpertTire, we have certified technicians who will perform a professional inspection of the system, providing you with a complete analysis of the current conditions and the estimated cost of repair. ExpertTire is a full-service repair facility.
Cooling system failure is the number one cause of vehicle breakdowns. Because there are often no visible warning signs of deterioration, radiator and cooling system maintenance service is frequently overlooked by vehicle owners.
Your engine is constantly burning fuel and therefore gets very hot. In fact, the temperatures inside the combustion chamber may reach 4,500°. It is the job of the cooling system to carry this potentially harmful heat away from the engine to the outside air. To do this, a coolant mixture of water and antifreeze is circulated through the engine block. The coolant absorbs heat from the engine and is pumped by the water pump through hoses to the radiator. Once the radiator transfers the heat from the engine to the outside air, the coolant circulates back to the engine and the cycle begins again.
To keep this important system working properly, vehicle manufacturers recommend that this system be serviced at specified time or mileage intervals. Over time, the rust inhibitors and additives in the coolant may lose their anti-corrosive properties leaving particles and debris to build up within the system. These contaminants can block passages within the radiator and reduce its ability to keep the engine running at the optimal temperature. To remove this build-up, many service providers perform a radiator "drain-and-fill."
At ExpertTire, we perform a Radiator Flush which removes virtually all of the old coolant and contaminants in your radiator and replaces it with new or recycled coolant. This will keep your cooling system working properly and will protect your vehicle for miles to come. Our Radiator Service includes:
- Inspection of your radiator system and pressure test for any leaks
- Adding flush chemicals to the radiator
- Power flushing the system
- Refilling radiator system with recycled anti-freeze
- Adding sealant / lubricant to the system
- A 12 month/12,000 mile limited warranty
Ask an auto care advisor what interval your vehicle's manufacturer recommends and for complete details on our warranty.
Does the A/C blow only hot air from the vents? Does it blow cold sporadically? Are there loud noises when you run the A/C? Any of these symptoms may indicate the need for service or repairs to your vehicle's air conditioning system.
At many ExpertTire locations, we have certified technicians who will perform a professional inspection of the system, providing you with a complete analysis of the current conditions and the estimated repair cost.
Many ExpertTire stores are full-service air conditioning repair facilities specializing in the following key services:
A/C Diagnostic and Repair
On a hot day, you want your car's A/C system to do one thing and that is to cool your vehicle's interior. If it doesn't, ExpertTire can help. Whether your vehicle needs a simple recharge, or a new compressor, we have the expertise to diagnose and perform any A/C service. Our standard A/C Performance Check service includes the following:
- Visually inspect A/C components
- Run performance test
- System state of charge test
- System control test
- Perform leak test using approved electronic leak detector
- If a slow leak cannot be detected, a dye detection service may need to be sold and performed
Many vehicles on the road today use an older variety of refrigerant called R12 or freon. Due to stricter environmental laws, this product is no longer manufactured. While the current supply of R12 is dwindling, the price is climbing. ExpertTire customers, however, have the option of converting to a new EPA-approved refrigerant called 134a. Most passenger vehicles manufactured after 1993 have the new 134a refrigerant. Conversion to 134a is different for each vehicle, with many requiring the installation of a new compressor. At ExpertTire, we will provide an estimate for repair of the old system and an estimate to retrofit to 134a.