Cooling System Repair
Preserve Your Horsepower
Most European cars have what would be considered high-performance engines. There are a lot of moving parts that give you the driving experience you expect from such brands as BMW, Maserati, and Mercedes-Benz; but it takes a lot more than an oil change to keep these engines operating as they should. Your vehicle’s cooling system plays a large role in preserving your horsepower.
Your engine oil is used to lubricate the many moving parts encased in your engine block. Although oil keeps everything moving, this movement still causes friction which, in turn, causes heat to be released. Your cooling system is designed to combat this heat, and keep your engine temperatures at the proper operating levels. Quite literally, the cooling system prevents your vehicle’s internal components from failing and melting down.
Cooling System Anatomy
In most European vehicles, a cooling system is made up of the following components:
- Radiator Hoses
- Water Pump
- Thermostat and Thermostat Housing
- Electric Cooling Fans
- Thermo-time Switch
- Various Hose Clamps and Connectors
Anytime you introduce liquid and pressure into a closed system, it’s just a matter of time before components begin to fail. This is especially true here on the Space Coast as our temperatures are more extreme throughout the year. Issues other than leaks can develop as well, such as blockages caused by buildups and deposits.
Cooling System Repair Specialists
Cooling System Inspections
The technicians at Melbourne Motorsports complete an in-depth inspection of your cooling system to ensure that your engine is protected. This inspection includes the following:
- Checking hoses and belts for cracks and/or leaks
- Ensuring fluid levels are set properly
- Evaluating corrosion or oxidation of components
- Verifying that fans and other parts turn on when triggered
Cooling System Service
Your cooling system needs to be maintained at regular intervals, even if there is no leaking issue. The time between services can vary greatly between makes and models of European vehicles, so it’s important to work with a trusted shop that specializes in European vehicle maintenance and repair.
Over time, scale deposits can build up and greatly reduce the flow of your coolant. If this flow is reduced too far, you’ll see engine temperatures begin to rise, and your engine will eventually lock up. Generally speaking, most vehicles require a system flush and coolant replacement every 30,000 to 50,000 miles, or two years, whichever comes first.
At a minimum, it’s a best practice to check coolant levels when an oil change is completed. This helps prevent any damage that may occur in the future if left unchecked.
Types of Coolant
Your Space Coast Dealership Alternative
Melbourne Motorsports has been servicing European vehicles’ cooling systems for over a decade on the Space Coast. Our expert, ASE Certified Master Technicians can help maintain, service, or repair any European brand cooling system regardless of the make, model, or age.