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Diagnosis & Repair

Diagnosis & Repair

  • Is your vehicle overheating?
  • Do you smell anything metallic coming through your cabin vents?
  • Can you see smoke coming from your bonnet?
  • Is there a puddle of coolant under your vehicle once stopped?
  • Is your temperature gauge acting abnormally?
  • Is there an engine light or coolant light illuminated on your dash?

If you answered yes to any of the above, we recommend seeking the advice of a cooling system specialist immediately. A question we often get asked is if the vehicle can be driven in or towed to our workshop. We would never recommend driving a vehicle that has a coolant leak or overheating symptoms as driving the vehicle in that condition can lead to bigger problems that could be avoided with a tow.

Call us today for more information or advise on your cooling system. We are here to help!

If you would like to bring in your vehicle for a cooling system check, call our friendly staff to arrange a booking as soon as possible.

Cooling System Checks

What we check in our initial cooling system checks;

  • Pressure test cooling system to identify if any coolant leaks are present.
  • Check the coolant bottle to ensure no cracks/perished plastic or internally contaminated.
  • Check the quality and positioning of hose clamps.
  • Check radiator cap to ensure proper sealing capacity and that the specifications of the cap meet those of the vehicle.
  • Check condition of radiator (including radiator tanks, fittings, core & internal flow).
  • Check coolant level.
  • Check condition of coolant for any contamination & check consistency.
  • Carry out heat cycles.
  • Carry out Tee-Kay test if applicable due to suspected combustion leak.
  • Road test vehicle.

Our initial cooling system checks are $90. We require pre-approval for this amount before we will inspect your vehicle. Call us today and book in with our lovely office staff 🙂

Note- If the cooling system requires further diagnosis, we will call you for approval BEFORE continuing any more work on your vehicle.

If we need more time for removal of items to gain access to the suspected issue, we will call you for approval BEFORE continuing any further work on your vehicle.

Different brands of coolants, even though they may be the same colour, are all made up by different chemical compositions. If replacing a radiator yourself, or simply doing maintenance on your vehicle, always remember never to mix coolants!

The glycol component found in anti freeze anti boil coolant reacts with glycols from different brands causing either a calcified powder or a jelly-like substance. This substance can become corrosive or block your radiator and other cooling system components internally. Be sure to use the exact same coolant when topping up the cooling system. If you are unsure of exactly what coolant is currently in your system,

FLUSH IT all out until it’s clear and  START AGAIN!

Coolant consistency: We recommend running your coolant consistency between 40% and 50%. If your coolant consistency is too strong, it can be too harsh for the system and cause corrosion of cooling system components.

If your coolant consistency is too low, it can allow rust to build within the cooling system, causing damage to cooling system components and blocking the system from within.

If you’ve discovered a leak, just add water and call us as soon as possible for a cooling system check and diagnosis! Coolant leaks need to be rectified ASAP to avoid unnecessary costly damage to the head or engine.

‘Stop Leak’: We do not recommend using stop leak UNLESS in an emergency situation.

If you discover a coolant leak, get it fixed ASAP. Don’t use stop leak as a solution because you are actually causing more damage. Stop leak will not only block the leak you have found, but it will block other cooling system components too. This will cost you more in the long run to replace extra blocked parts than just getting the initial leak rectified!

If however, you are in an emergency situation with no quick way of getting to a workshop, stop leak can be used for a very short period of time to get the vehicle to a workshop. Once at the nearest workshop, the stop leak must then be immediately flushed out of the cooling system.

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