Important Components & Functions of the Cooling System
Our vehicles run on internal combustion engines. That goes without saying that the explosions that happen inside our engines produce enormous amounts of heat. Without the cooling system, our engines will simply be destructed in just a couple of minutes.
Being in the car removal and cash for cars Melbourne industry for over two decades, we have seen (and taken) vehicles that have suffered from major engine troubles because of a malfunctioning cooling system. Of course, no one would ever want to experience that. But in order to effectively take care of your car’s cooling system, the very first step to actually doing this is to truly understand everything about it. That’s where we step in. Our team has expert car wreckers, dismantlers, and mechanics who are here to provide you a clear and concise explanation of the cooling system’s functions and components.
Basically, the car’s cooling system is responsible for removing the excess heat and maintaining the correct temperature inside the engine as it operates. It helps the engine get up to its proper temperature after starting AND keeps it operating in the most efficient temperature. Now if any part (hopefully not the whole) of the system fails, it could lead to a series of problems. It’ll cause overheating, blown head gaskets, cracked engine blocks, and more.
Actually, there are two kinds of it: the liquid and air cooling systems. Some of the older cars that we see today still have an air cooling system like the classic Volkswagen Beetle. It is used in motorcycles, lawnmowers, and airplanes as well. On the other hand, all the cars we see and use today have the liquid cooling system. So for that, we’ll just focus on the latter.
The modern liquid cooling systems we have today are technically more reliable and efficient than those of many decades ago. But in general, they still have the same parts and components. The liquid cooling system is comprised of these major parts:
- The AntiFreeze – also known as the coolant. Well this is not actually a “part” per se, but it is cooling system’s main character, bread and butter, or hero, whichever way you want to see it. This bright green fluid absorbs all the heat as it flows through the passages in our engine. It collects that heat and passes it to the radiator.
- Cooling Fan – this part is located at the very front of the vehicle. It turns on when the coolant begins to get hot, and will eventually turn off once the coolant is in low temperature.
- Radiator – as mentioned earlier, the coolant transfers all the accumulated heat here. Thus, it is responsible for getting the heat from the coolant and throw it off to the outside air. It has a cap that maintains a certain pressure in the cooling system.
- Thermostat – it is a valve that measures the temperature of the coolant. It turns the fan on and off. And it technically controls the operation of the whole cooling system.
- Hoses – they are sort of the plumbing part of the cooling system. They are rubber hoses that connect the radiator to the engine
- Water Pump – this simple device is responsible for keeping the coolant moving as long as the engine is still running. It has a gasket to seal it and keep the coolant from leaking out.
- Heater Core – when the interior of the car is in need of heat, the hot coolant is also used. That’s where the heater core comes in. It’s sort of a smaller version of the radiator, only that it’s located under your dashboard. A small portion of the hot coolant is routed to this mini radiator by hoses as well. It also has his own fan to direct the heat inside the car.
Regularly and diligently checking your coolant level and cooling system parts is the perfect way to make sure your engine isn’t at risk of overheating and other serious damages. But if unfortunately, you already have an old car that has been severely damaged by a catastrophic cooling system failure, then consider getting help from the experts at Rapid Car Removal.