Our Repair and Maintenance Services Include:
Hoses transfer coolant and antifreeze throughout the engine entire cooling system. Overtime hoses will dry out and crack, needing a replacement. You can trust our team to replace any needed hoses with quality parts and get it done right the first time.
A fan belt, also referred to as the drive belt, connects your vehicle's engine to the front mounted accessories. The fan belt rotates the water pump and the engine fan, which maintains a cool environment for the engine and its components. Over time, your vehicle's fan belt will dry out and crack. When it's time, you can rely on us to do the job right and get you back on the road.
Radiators are heat exchangers for cooling your vehicle's internal combustion engine. A radiator cools the engine by circulating the coolant through the engine block and then loses the heat to the atmosphere through radiation. All radiators have a set of tubes that allow the coolant to flow through the fins surrounding the tubes and into the engine. When a radiator fails, the excess heat produced by the engine could cause damage to the surrounding components, leading to more serious repairs. To help prevent this from happening, have your radiator serviced regularly.
Common Automotive A/C Services
Prepare your vehicle for the harsh weather
Just like winter, it's also important to prepare your vehicle for the warmer months and what they bring - heat, dust, traffic jams, etc. - which increase the likelihood of a breakdown. Here at Major Muffler & Auto Repair, our technicians can perform the necessary preventive maintenance to get your car ready for both seasons.
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If the dashboard light is red, indicating your car is overheating then you should pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and switch off the engine. If the coolant level is low or there is another problem with your cooling system, you could cause serious damage by continuing to drive.
Your vehicle's owner's manual will recommend getting the coolant flushed about every 30,000 miles or three to five years, whichever comes first. Make sure to consult your owner's manual as some outline a more specific interval depending on the vehicle's make and model and your driving habits.
Corrosion within the radiator is the leading cause of a coolant leak. As the radiator tubes get older and weaker, sediment or debris collects inside and causes a leak. The sealing gasket between the tank and the radiator can also wear out, and lead to a leak.
Your car's owner's manual provides a wealth of information. Follow the recommendations in your car's owner's manual to the letter unless otherwise recommended by the manufacturer or auto repair professionals. It will tell you what type of coolant is best to use in your vehicle. If you don't have a copy of your owner's manual, you can most likely find the information you need on the manufacturer's website.
Often, radiators will last for the entire life of a car. On average a radiator lasts 8 to 10 years. However, there are a few factors that can reduce a radiator's working life such as improper maintenance, driving habits and environmental conditions.
Radiator service starts with draining the system. Then we flush the radiator and engine block, inspecting all hoses to make sure they're not cracked. Next we refill the radiator with fresh coolant and finish by pressure testing the radiator cap and cooling system.
The most common reason a car overheats is a lack of coolant or a coolant leak. However, if you have an older vehicle, it may also indicate that it is time to replace your radiator, thermostat, water pump or heater core. If it continues to be a problem that you can't fix, your best bet is to bring it to our shop in Redding.