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How Does Your Honda Cooling System Work?

How Does Your Honda Cooling System Work?

Engines generate a lot of heat. It’s easy to see why – it’s essentially a system of controlled explosions in each cylinder. WIthout a system to regulate the engine’s temperature, irreversible damage would result in a very, very short time. That’s why you Honda has a cooling system. Here’s what your Honda cooling system is designed to do and how it’s major parts work.

Your Honda Cooling System’s Purpose

Fluid circulates throughout your engine, then passes through your radiator. As it goes through the engine, it absorbs the heat created from the engine’s internal components. It carries the hot coolant out of the engine and through the radiator. Air passes through the fins on the radiator, wicking away the heat from the hot coolant inside. Then, the coolant continues the cycle over and over again.

But your Honda cooling system does more than just remove heat. It also keeps the engine at a warm enough temperature for proper emissions control, as well as to generate heat inside your car on cold days. Essentially, the cooling system maintains a safe operating temperature – not too hot and not too cold.

What the Individual Parts Do

There are a few key components in the cooling system that play important functions:

  • The water pump continually cycles the coolant throughout the cooling system whenever the engine is running.
  • The thermostat opens and closes to regulate your engine’s temperature, keeping it in the ‘sweet spot’ for proper operation.
  • The radiator is a heat exchanger for your coolant. Hot coolant passes through the radiator while a fan draws air through it to remove heat from the fluid.

 

Your Honda is incredibly reliable. However, problems can occur in your Honda cooling system, especially due to lack of maintenance. The water pump can seize or the impeller inside can break, and the coolant won’t flow properly. The thermostat can stick open or closed, and the temperature won’t regulate as it should. The radiator can become plugged and the engine can start overheating. And at any point in the cooling system a leak may develop.

 

If your cooling system has a problem, expensive damage can result. Routine cooling system maintenance is simply a radiator flush and inspection and is quite cost-effective. If you require cooling system maintenance or repairs, Jay Wolfe Honda can help. We’ll restore your Honda cooling system back to its perfect working order so you can continue to drive confidently every day.

What’s Going On With Your Honda’s Air Conditioning?

What’s Going On With Your Honda’s Air Conditioning?

It’s heating up out there, and your Honda is a refuge. When the temperature climbs into unbearable territory, you hop in your Honda and crank the cold air. But over time, your air conditioning may not feel as cool as it used to. It takes a long time for the air to cool down, or…

Proper Wheel Maintenance for Your Honda’s Wheels

Proper Wheel Maintenance for Your Honda’s Wheels

You can’t avoid getting your car dirty unless you keep it under a car cover. And what fun is it if you can’t drive your Honda? The first things on your Honda that get dirty are your wheels and it makes sense – they’re the closest parts to the ground. Dirty wheels make your Honda…

How to Get the Best Fuel Mileage

How to Get the Best Fuel Mileage

You’ve chosen wisely – Honda vehicles are known to be among the best in fuel mileage. For years, the Honda Civic, Fit, Accord, and CR-V have been recognized as fuel-sipping cars and SUVs. If your Honda’s fuel mileage seems to be slipping, it might be a simple maintenance issue. These are a few things to…

Is Honda Care Maintenance For You?

Is Honda Care Maintenance For You?

No doubt, you’ve seen or heard about prepaid vehicle maintenance in some form. You may not fully understand what it’s all about, or you might even think it’s not for you. If that’s the case, you might need to hear the basics on what Honda Care Maintenance is all about and why it is beneficial…

An Owner’s Task: Do You Check Your Fluids?

An Owner’s Task: Do You Check Your Fluids?

When you own a Honda or any other make, you take on the responsibility for keeping it in good working order. Sure, you can get it serviced at the Honda dealership, but there can often be several months between maintenance visits. It’s during these stretches that you, as the car owner, need to stay vigilant.…

A Wheel Alignment Is Good Maintenance

A Wheel Alignment Is Good Maintenance

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Get Ready for Winter Driving

Get Ready for Winter Driving

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Which Honda Services Should the Dealer Do?

Which Honda Services Should the Dealer Do?

When you buy a Honda, you know that it has a reputation as a long-lasting vehicle. It’ll handle whatever you throw at it, even if it’s a little abusive. And keeping it running doesn’t take much. But if you don’t do those few things to maintain your Honda, and do them well, you could find…

What Does the Term Powertrain Cover?

What Does the Term Powertrain Cover?

In the automotive industry, terms are used that many car owners just aren’t familiar with. Variable Valve Timing, Brake Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, even Anti-lock Brakes — you’ve heard the words but do you know what they mean? The same goes for a much more common term. ‘Powertrain’ is often spoken of to describe parts…