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How to Check the Heating and Cooling System of A Used Car Before Buying It

April 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 222

If you want to buy a used car you already know there are a lot of factors to consider; gas mileage, make and model, do you go through a dealership or independent buyer, your budget, etc.... Another thing you definitely want to be sure of is that your car is safe to drive or not. Hopefully you already know you need to check the obvious things like brakes, tires, total number of miles on it, and the engine. Another area you won't to overlook is the heating and cooling system of the car. If it isn't in prime condition it could lead to some costly repairs. Let's review the parts of the heating and cooling system and discuss problems that can occur with each part of the used vehicle.

Radiator - The radiator is typically found in the front of the car, usually under the grill. The radiator is very important because its job is to protect your car from overheating. The best you can do on site at the dealership where you're buying your used car is to check the fluid in the radiator. Make sure that there is plenty of coolant in there and that the fluid doesn't appear to be rusty.

Radiator Cap - The cap on the radiator is highly pressurized and should always be removed carefully because the engine can get very hot. Check the cap to make sure that it's there and it's not cracked or broken.

Radiator Hoses - Every vehicle must have at least two radiator hoses; an upper and a lower. Hoses are the weakest structures that make up a vehicle and are damaged frequently. Before you test drive the car and you are sure that the engine is cool, give the hoses a good squeeze. Most electrochemical damage that occurs in hoses are found near the clamps, so be extra careful around that area. Make sure the hose is firm and not mushy.

The cooling part of the used car/your new potential vehicle plays a critical role as well. Most of the energy burned from fuel is converted to heat, therefore a working cooling system is very necessary to keep the engine from overheating. Older models use air cooling systems, but majority of cars these days use liquid cooling systems. Make sure the car has plenty of antifreeze which will not only prevent overheating, but also aid in resisting corrosion.

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