Coolant System

The Coolant System in a vehicle is essential for maintaining the engine's temperature, preventing overheating by circulating coolant through the engine and radiator.

Coolant System explained

Coolant Systems in vehicles play a crucial role in managing the engine's temperature and preventing it from overheating. This system includes the radiator, thermostat, water pump, coolant, and a series of hoses that circulate the coolant through the engine and back through the radiator.

The coolant absorbs heat from the engine and dissipates it through the radiator. Proper functioning of this system is vital for engine health, as it maintains optimal operating temperatures and prevents damage caused by excessive heat.

At Gateway Auto - Service & Collision Center, we offer comprehensive services for coolant systems, including inspections, maintenance, flushing, and refilling with the appropriate coolant.

When or why do you need it?

A Coolant System Repair or Service is needed when you notice signs of overheating, such as the temperature gauge reading high, steam coming from under the hood, or if the engine warning light comes on.

It's also important to have regular maintenance checks to ensure the system is free from leaks and the coolant is at the correct level and concentration. Regular service helps in preventing rust and corrosion in the engine and radiator, and ensures the longevity and efficiency of your vehicle.

At Gateway Auto - Service & Collision Center, we provide expert coolant system services to keep your engine running smoothly and to prevent the high costs and inconvenience of engine overheating.

How can Gateway Auto help?

We believe quality shouldn’t break the bank. We understand the financial strain unexpected repairs can bring, so we provide competitive rates and financing without compromising on the quality of our top-notch repairs backed by a 24 month, 24,000 mile nationwide warranty.

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Booking an appointment with Gateway Auto is as easy as a few clicks or a phone call with our friendly team. Our new online booking system lets you schedule your visit at your convenience, eliminating the hassle of complicated scheduling processes.

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Frequently asked questions

If it's a car, we'll fix it. If it's a question, we'll answer it.

Can a damaged radiator lead to engine problems?

Yes, a damaged radiator can lead to overheating, which in turn can cause engine damage, including warped cylinder heads and blown gaskets. Therefore, it is important to have your radiator inspected and repaired by a professional if you suspect it is cracked or leaking.

Why is my car overheating?

Overheating can be caused by various factors, including low coolant levels, a malfunctioning thermostat, a damaged radiator, cooling system leaks, or a faulty water pump. It is best to have an expert technician diagnose the root of the issue in order to prevent severe damage or safety risks while driving.

Can I prevent radiator issues through maintenance?

Regular cooling system maintenance, such as coolant flushes and inspections, can help identify potential radiator issues early and prevent major problems.

What happens if I drive with old coolant?

Driving with old coolant can lead to engine overheating, coolant leaks, and potential engine damage.

Can I just top off my coolant instead of getting a coolant flush?

Topping off your coolant is a temporary solution and should not be considered a replacement for a proper coolant flush. While topping off coolant temporarily may help maintain proper levels, it's still necessary to receive coolant flushes to rid contaminants, maintain coolant quality, prevent corrosion, increase component longevity and more.

What should I do if my car starts to overheat?

The best thing you can do is to kill the A/C, crank the heat (to pull heat away from the engine), and discontinue driving. Find a safe place to pull over and turn the vehicle off. This will help prevent damage to the engine. We advise against immediately trying to check under the hood as the coolant and engine may be dangerously hot and the fluid in the radiator can cause severe burns. The best thing to do is let your car cool down and have your car towed to your trusted auto repair shop if possible!

What is it like to have your car fixed or maintained at Gateway Auto?

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Drop-off, courtesy car or wait

Three flexible options while we service your vehicle, so your life doesn't come to a halt.

Worried about leaving your car and having nothing to drive? We have courtesy cars to ease your mind. We also offer pick-up and drop-off service if we run out of courtesy cars.

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We can send your digital inspection to you via text or email so that you can see pictures and videos of your vehicle through the eyes of our mechanics.

We clearly communicate with you during your repairs and educate you on your options throughout the process. We will never sell you anything you don't need.

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Get back on the road looking as good as new. With every service, your vehicle will get a final check and complimentary carwash from our quality assurance team.

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Gateway Auto offers service, collision, fleet and quality vehicle sales under the same trusted brand to ensure you stay on the road with a team by your side.

After their first visit, our average customer has been returning to Gateway Auto for more than 10 years

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