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Posted January 3, 2021 11:52 AM



The coolant system is a vital part of your vehicle. It is also the second most common cause for vehicle failures. Even though coolant system failure is fairly common in Carbondale, it is easy to prevent.

The most recognizable part of the coolant system is the radiator. It is connected to the engine with hoses and is filled with coolant. The coolant draws heat off the engine and then passes into the radiator. Air passes through cooling fins to reduce the temperature of the coolant and then it's back to the engine again.

There are several ways for the cooling system to fail. Most common is with the coolant itself. Coolant is comprised of water and antifreeze. The proper ratio keeps the coolant from either boiling away or freezing. Understandably, either can lead to massive engine damage.

Another coolant issue that is often overlooked by Carbondale drivers is the age of the coolant itself. Antifreeze has additives that protect the coolant system from corrosion. As these additives are depleted over time, they can't protect the radiator and other parts from rust, scaling and corrosion. That old container of coolant gathering dust in your garage may still keep your engine cool, but it won't protect it from corrosion.

If you get a warning message to check the coolant or if the vehicle temperature gauge is in the hot zone, your cooling system needs to be checked. It's OK to add water or antifreeze yourself. But you need to be cautious. Remember four things:

  • First, you never want to open the radiator pressure cap. You could be severely burned.
  • Second, get to The Auto Shop in Carbondale immediately if your coolant is low. If that is not possible, follow the directions in your vehicle owners manual - it will direct you to only make additions to the coolant overflow bottle.
  • Third, remember that you need a proper mixture of water and antifreeze. If you make an emergency addition to your cooling system, follow-up with your The Auto Shop service center where we can make necessary adjustments.
  • Fourth, not all cars use the same type of antifreeze. You need to check your vehicle owners manual to make sure you use the right kind. Mixing antifreeze types or using the wrong kind of antifreeze may void the manufacturers warranty on your cooling system. Again, another reason to depend on your The Auto Shop service center in Carbondale to do things right.

Remember, The Auto Shop has the equipment to change your coolant quickly and inexpensively.

The Auto Shop
317 East Main Street
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
618.457.8411



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I can't say enough about what a great auto repair place this is. Great people, Great customer service, Great Repair. I highly recommend The Auto Shop

, 11/16/2020

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Everyone is very knowledgeable and accommodating. They also have very quick service, always take care of everything, and try to make the process as easy as possible!

, 05/04/2020

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Good honest people who will treat you like family . My cars never go anywhere else .

, 04/22/2020

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Carbondale, IL

The Auto Shop was a life saver for me. I have a Land Rover that I just got not long ago. It needed a few fixes . They send you a report, call you if they spot anything wrong and will not fix it unless you say so. Jeremy and Stephanie at front office are really great people.

, 01/21/2020

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Carbondale

A fellow Veteran I serve on Honor Guard with works here, Brian Cleaver. He spoke highly of the place he worked at and Veterans always take care of other Veterans. The Auto Shop took great care of my 2003 Nissan Pathfinder. I really appreciated the report with images of the items I need to address with it. Low Pressure and didn't feel like I had to do anything I didn't want to. I depend highly on my vehicle and I was able to get it back in the same day. As a fellow small business owner, I also wanted to support a small business. Highly recommend The Auto Shop.

, 01/15/2020

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Carbondale

They are a blessing! I'll always bring my car here! Thank you so much for all you did for me!! I love this family!

, 12/11/2019
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