The cooling system is susceptible to rusting, coolant loss via radiator leaks, and overheating due to less-than-optimal flow. At K.T. Automotive Products, we understand how critical this is to your end customers and we offer industry-leading coolant products to help them avoid becoming a statistic.
Seriously! The Department of Transportation states that cooling system failures are the leading cause of mechanical breakdowns on our nation’s highways.
The vehicle’s cooling system is designed to transfer heat away from the engine to ensure a safe operating temperature and maintain the vehicle’s optimal temperature range. It plays a vital role in the performance and longevity of vehicles and is the primary way the engine rids itself of damaging heat.
Coolant unfortunately degrades over time. Rust and scale deposits build up in the cooling system leading to poor coolant circulation, overheating, and vehicle breakdown.
Left unaddressed, excessive temperatures can contribute to premature detonation – also known as knocking. This is because metal parts will expand with rising temperatures and can contribute to engine seizures.
Lastly, overheating caused by a poorly performing cooling system can lead to vehicle performance issues and potential costly failure of the engine and transmission ranging from $3,000 to $15,000+.
The Science behind Deposit Sources:
Depleted Inhibitors – as the inhibitors deplete, the formulation of coolant loses its balance, and chemicals that once protected certain metals can now attack other metals.
Degradation Acids – form as coolant degrades from the stress brought on by heat and pressure. These acids lower the Reserve Alkalinity of the coolant and attack the metals in the system.
Electrolysis – the generation of an electrical current in the cooling system causing a strongly charged metal such as aluminum to be eaten and corroded away.
Water Contaminants – hard water (water with heavy mineral content) contains contaminants such as chlorides and sulfates which can actually attack non-ferrous metals (copper and brass) in the cooling system. The byproducts usually lead to scale deposits in the system.
Heavy Metals – are generated in engine coolants as the inhibitor package breaks down, the RA and pH decreases, and the used coolant begins to attack metal components of the cooling system. Common metals are: lead, copper, brass, aluminum, iron, steel, magnesium, and zinc.
A complete Cooling System Service with Wynns products will:
- Improve the heat exchange efficiency of the vehicle’s cooling system and helps extend the life of the cooling system components.
- Chemically clean and condition the vehicle’s cooling system.
- Help remove and prevent rust and corrosion in the radiator and coolant passages in the engine, heater core, and water jacket.
- Replace factory sealant lost with coolant replacement and help prevent minor leaks and foaming.
- Lubricate and protect the water pump.
- Help prevent summer boil-over and winter freeze-up of the cooling system.
- Replenish the chemicals necessary for your vehicle to operate at peak efficiency.
- Lubricate vital seals in the cooling system.