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How to Buy the Right Coolant Cap for Your Car

If you are unfamiliar with cars and trucks, going to an auto parts store can seem overwhelming even if you are just getting a coolant cap. Luckily there are a few easy tips that can help ensure that you buy the right coolant cap for your car. Read More

A Radiator Pressure Cap is the Cooling Systems Pressure Valve

Think about it; caps on containers are there to keep liquids in, not let them out; but that’s exactly what radiator pressure caps do. As the temperature of a liquid increases, eventually it will boil and ultimately turn into vapor. If you look at water; its boiling point is 212 degrees F, when it is under pressure the boiling point raises. Take a simple example, a pressure cooker you have in your kitchen will cook food faster because the water in the device is hotter.Read More

The Basics of an Automobile Cooling System

 The greatest majority of cars use a liquid cooling system. The objective of the system is to maintain an operating engine at a constant temperature regardless of whether the car is based in Alaska or Florida. If the operating temperature of the engine falls below a certain point, emissions will rise and fuel economy will drop.

Is Thermal Shock Causing Your Gasket Issues?

Commonly, cars are prone to thermal shock when their radiators are located far from the engine and have a greater cooling capacity than the engine really needs. As water flows from the water pump to the radiator and back, it cools off due to the length it must travel. The shock of the cold water turns off the thermostat, which needs hot water from the flow of coolant to work properly.

Why It's Important to Flush Your Vehicle's Cooling System

You may have often heard that you should flush your vehicle's cooling system, but haven't had it done recently – or at all. Don't let the importance of this piece of maintenance escape you. Fresh antifreeze benefits the engine by making it last longer and keeps the cooling system in good working order.

Oil Cap Replacement is Simple - The Repercussions if You Don't Aren't Worth It

Investing in a replacement oil cap is a simple choice. Either you can risk blowing your engine, replace your entire car due to a fire, or risk allowing debris to penetrate the oil and potentially destroy several essential components. Here are just a few reasons to immediately replace missing oil caps.

Lost Your Fuel Cap? Why Waiting to Replace is a Mistake

The wonderful world of gas caps. There’s a reason why cars come with them…there’s a reason why they are a mandatory part of basic state inspections…because they are a vital part of every vehicle’s safety and operational systems. If you’re fuel cap gets left behind at the fuel station, stolen, or starts showing signs of cracks and wear do yourself and your auto a favor and replace it ASAP with a resilient locking fuel cap. Here’s just a few motivators to consider if you’re thinking about neglecting this easy task along with some reasons why a locking fuel caps. [READMORE]

What Is The Purpose Of The Thermostat Housing?

In many internal combustion engines the thermostat housing acts as the coolant outlet, it is normally located on the engine block or cylinder head. Engine coolant is constantly flowing, it flows through ports located in the block and head; it travels through these two components, through the thermostat housing and into the radiator where the coolant is cooled. As the name implies, this engine component houses the thermostat which

Could a Loose Gas Cap Be Causing Your Check Engine Light Problem?

It is only natural to become nervous when the check engine light in your car turns on. If this has never happened to you before, you may fear that you will not be able to make it home safely. Yet there are some causes of this car problem that are relatively minor to fix. Learn the relationship between your gas cap and the check engine light to troubleshoot a check engine light in your car.

What You Need to Know About Integrated Thermostats

As a vehicle ages, parts within the engine become worn and incapable of working correctly. The thermostat is one of the most important parts of the cooling system, but today’s thermostats are not necessarily the thermostats that were common in the 20th century. Replacing a thermostat is relatively simple, and integrated thermostats are continuing to drive this push towards simplicity. However, integrated thermostats are significantly different from standard thermostats, and automotive technicians need to understand how the differences affect thermostat replacement.

Why You Need to Complete a Full Cooling System Repair, Not Just the Thermostat and Gasket

An overheating engine seems to automatically point to a problem with the thermostat. Thermostat failure is one of the most common reasons for overheating engines. However, replacing the thermostat and gasket is not a comprehensive cooling system repair, and automotive technicians need to understand a few things about performing a complete cooling system repair. Read More

Keep Your Car’s Engine Clean and Cool With a New Coolant Bleeder Housing Unit

Over time, your car’s cooling system can develop air pockets that prevent it from functioning at its highest levels of efficiency, increasing the chance that your engine will overheat. To make matters worse, these pockets can deceive you into thinking that the coolant level is high, when the truth is that the little coolant that remains is simply being pushed to the system’s extremities. There are many tedious remedies for releasing these air pockets (which are sometimes dangerous or have a high chance of you damaging your vehicle), but if you purchase and install an excellent coolant bleeder housing unit that we sell at MotoRad, your cooling system will automatically and reliably flush any excess pressure or air pockets that could harm your vehicle. Read More

What You Need to Know About Water Outlets and Coolant Housings

The coolant housing or water outlet serves as the connection point between the engine and the upper radiator hose. The water outlet or coolant housing may be made of metal, plastic, or resin, depending on the vehicle’s manufacturer. As plastic or resin housings become increasingly popular for their advantages over traditional metal components, technicians need to know a few things about them.

Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Exhaust Fluid Caps

Diesel exhaust fluid caps allow you to refill the engine’s DEF, also known as emission fluids. While it may sound like one of those joke or mythical items, like blinker fluid that have confused many over the years, it is a necessary and real product that manufacturers have created. They now use SCR (selective catalytic reduction) to help reduce nitrous oxide emissions. In past years, EGR was used to help reduce the NOx emissions, but EGR can affect the combustion and may create a lower fuel efficiency. SCR can help you use less fuel and helps the vehicle run smoother. Read More

Integrated Thermostats vs. Standard Thermostats

The thermostat is one of the most vital components of your car’s cooling system. It is what regulates the temperature and allows the rest of the system to function. If your thermostat fails, then your car is eventually going to overheat if you are not careful. Read More

Why You Shouldn’t Wait To Replace Your Standard Fuel Caps

 Most people don’t understand why standard fuel caps are so important, or why there are rules and inspections governing them. However, they are an essential part of your vehicle’s operation and safety system. If you remove the cap to get gas and forget to put it back on or leave it behind, it’s imperative to get a new one as soon as you can. Likewise, if it looks worn or cracked, or gets stolen, it may be best to get a new one, and you may want to consider locking varieties. Read More

Why Should Your Next Thermostat Be a Fail-Safe Model?

 When your thermostat sticks, it can lead to costly repairs. After all, engine overheating is the number one cause of engine failure. Letting your engine overheat can cause a range of problems from shorting electronics due to the moisture buildup to cracked blocks and blown head gaskets, so making sure that your engine stays cool is vital to keeping it alive and running for a long time. Read More

Preventing an Overheating Vehicle

A car can overheat due to a lot of variables. The key is to prevent the overheating from happening in the first place. In order to do so, you must know what to look for. Next are a few things to look out for should this malfunction happen to you. Read More

How to Fix a Coolant Leak

If you suspect a coolant leak in your vehicle, inspect your car for any fluids. Leaks can occur in many places in the cooling system, so if you spot any spraying, leaking or bubbling, you can be sure there is an issue. You may also notice a sweet smell coming from under the hood which is an indicator that your coolant is escaping. In addition, check the radiator hoses, coolant housing and gauges for any wear and tear. Read More

Signs of a Faulty Radiator Pressure Cap

The radiator pressure cap is a two-valve part that holds coolant and keeps the radiator system pressurized. Typically, the pressure found inside the radiator is 16 pounds per square inch and the radiator cap is the piece that controls that pressure. If the pressure is not constant, your vehicle could run the risk of overheating and can also cause crippling damage to the radiator. Read More

Should You Buy a Locking Fuel Cap?

Locking fuel caps have increased greatly in popularity in the last decade. This is because of the increase in fuel costs which has led to an increase in fuel theft. Standard fuel caps do not offer any protection, and even some new cars do not have interior fuel door releases. You have likely seen these, the small button or switch on your driver’s door that releases the fuel door. So, should you spend the money on a locking gas cap? Read More

Recognizing the Various Symptoms of Engine Overheating

When your engine indicator turns on, it is often the first sign of car trouble. There are various reasons why your car's engine light may come on, from a gas plug or a faulty chip, to a blown head gasket or something much worse. Read More

3 ways to Improve on Vehicle Fuel Efficiency

How long since you last checked the tire pressure of your vehicle? If your tires are below the recommended level, you can cost yourself money every time you fill your tank. On average, a tire will lose about 1 pound per square inch (psi) each month. Read More