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Keep Your Car Cool

It is important for the cooling system to work well so that the engine won't overhead and be damaged.

Parts Of The Cooling System

Most cars have liquid-cooled engines. That means a fluid flows through hoses and pipes in the engine to dissipate heat. Water alone cannot cool the engine. Coolant, a mixture of ethylene glycol and water, is added to raise the boiling point. This is still not sufficient, so to further increase the boiling point of the coolant, the pressure of the cooling system is raised, using the same principles as a pressure cooker.

A water pump drives the coolant mixture through the engine to a radiator, which is a type of heat exchanger. The radiator consists of a series of tubes with many tiny metal fins attached to it. These fins increase the surface area of the radiator, exposing the heated liquid to the cooler surrounding air. An electric fan is bolted to the inside to the radiator and kicks in when it is needed.

The cooling system also includes a thermostat to sense temperature and control fluid flow within the system. The thermostat's main job is to allow the engine to heat up quickly, and then to keep the engine at a constant temperature by regulating the amount of coolant mixture that goes through the radiator.

Passion Wagon Turns Gas Chamber

How To Stay Safe?


Leave at least one window open a few centimeters to let in fresh air, if car is stationary and air-conditioner is on.


If modified, make sure it does not block exhaust. Otherwise, carbon monoxide will accumulate under the car and find its way into the vehicle.


Check for corrosion and hairline cracks to prevent carbon monoxide from seeping into the vehicle.

Rubber Weather Seals

Check the seals around the windows and doors. Worn seals will allow carbon monoxide into the vehicle.

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