It makes sense that extremes in weather can place increased demands on your car or truck. As the weather gets colder, you will use your heater and defroster more frequently, but as important as those features are to your comfort as a driver or passenger, they do not have much to do with the primary functioning of your car or truck. Your vehicle’s radiator, however, does. Your radiator is pushed, sometimes to its limits, during the extremes of weather. St. Paul Automotive provides radiator maintenance and repair to car and truck owners in Minnesota.
Do I Have A Problem With My Radiator?
It may be tempting to think that a car or truck can overheat only when the weather is also extremely hot. However, this is an inaccurate conclusion. You are every bit as likely to see a motorist stranded on the side of the road with steam coming from under the hood of their car or truck in the colder weather months as you are at the height of the summer. The enormous forces that occur inside of a vehicle’s engine are significant enough, and produce enough of their own heat, that the outside temperature actually has very little impact. When one of the systems in your vehicle’s engine is not functioning correctly, it may become difficult for the temperature to be regulated. For example, if your vehicle’s coolant is not pumped with sufficient force through the engine, the temperature will rise. If it rises too high, the radiator can fail and before you know it, you can become one of those people you sometimes see on the side of the road with steam coming from under the vehicle’s hood.
Minnesota Auto Shop Specializing in Radiator Repair
If you drive a newer car or truck, radiator failure is less likely–not unheard of, but less likely. Still, if the manufacturer installed a faulty radiator, or if something as simple as a hose was not tightened enough, a brand-new vehicle could overheat on the way home from the dealership immediately after purchase. If you drive an older vehicle, the wear and tear of Minnesota’s seasonal weather extremes has placed more stress on your vehicle’s cooling systems. It is important to be observant of your vehicle’s patterns. If the temperature is running higher than usual, it could be an early sign of radiator failure.
The safest thing to do is to bring it in for our stop for a check. Call us at (651) 298-0956 or submit the form on our Contact page with any questions you may have.