Pumps, Jackets and Heat Exchangers

Pumps, Jackets and Heat Exchangers

The quality of the chemicals used here varies, but the treatment does not.

Richard McCuistian/Motor Age — What we do in this business is keep America rolling by maintaining transportation resources, and our job is to repair or to prevent concerns. Without automobile technicians, everything that travels on the world’s highways eventually would grind or rattle to a halt, and civilization would come to an end. Vehicles provide so much that we take for granted, including personal freedom. Imagine yourself without an operable set of wheels to get my point.

Sometimes a simple peek under the radiator cap will be grounds for a flush job.

When it comes to maintaining those rides, a wise vehicle owner will recognize the axiom that a dime’s worth of prevention is worth a hundred dollars worth of cure, and nowhere is that more pertinent than in the water jackets and heat exchangers of a car’s powerplant. While most customers think regularly about their oil, coolant condition typically is forgotten until the temperature gauge swings too far to the high side or rusty stuff begins to paint underhood parts and find its way to the pavement.

The challenge of educating customers is more demanding every year. Many owners are fairly savvy, but there are others I’ve encountered who don’t even know what model year their vehicle is, let alone whether it has a four cylinder or a V6. They usually can tell me it’s a Chevy, a Nissan or a Dodge, and that it’s a pickup or a sedan, but very little beyond that. The point is that if these folks don’t know their vehicle any better than what I’ve just described, they aren’t likely to understand the importance of cooling system maintenance until they’ve experienced steamy side-of-the-road trouble that leads to a large repair bill. Some of them simply wait until their car is exhibiting symptoms before having anything done, and that leads to disaster.

Source: Motor Age

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Nick Taylor

Nick Taylor is the SureTrack Community Administrator and a Senior Applications Specialist at Mitchell 1 with over 25 years of experience with electronic repair data systems. Nick previously worked in the automotive dismantling and engine rebuilding industries.