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What Is a Radiator Hose Inspections service?

The Radiator Hose Inspections service is the inspection of the upper and lower hoses in your vehicle that are responsible for transporting coolant to and from your vehicle’s engine and the radiator’s heater core.  So, watch out for signs of trouble like leaking or cracked radiator hose or heater hose that may indicate a need to repair or replace.  Specifically, signs such as leaks, fray, wear, tear, holes, cracks or malfunctions would typically warrant repairing or replacing of your radiator hose.  Loose clamps also indicate trouble.

So, if you do notice leaking or cracks or if you have a busted radiator hose, always bring it to the attention of our Lube Stop technicians so they can help trouble shoot the problem and get you fixed up.

What is a Radiator?

Radiators are heat exchangers used for cooling internal combustion engines.  Internal combustion engines are often cooled by circulating a liquid called engine coolant.  It is circulated through the engine block, where it is heated.  Then, it is passed through a radiator where it loses heat to the atmosphere.  It is then returned to the engine.

Engine coolant is usually water-based, but may also be oil.  Antifreeze itself is usually ethylene glycol or propylene glycol with a small amount of corrosion inhibitor.  It is common to employ a water pump to force the engine coolant to circulate.  It’s also common for an axial fan to force air through the radiator.

In automobiles with a liquid-cooled internal combustion engine, a radiator is connected to channels running through the engine and cylinder head.  Liquid coolant is pumped through this.  This liquid may be water in climates where water is unlikely to freeze.  But, it is more commonly a mixture of water and antifreeze in proportions appropriate to the climate.

What is a Cooling System?

A typical automotive cooling system comprises the following.

  • series of galleries cast into the engine block and cylinder head, that surround the combustion chambers with circulating liquid to carry away heat
  • radiator, consisting of many small tubes equipped with a honeycomb of fins to dissipate heat rapidly, that receives and cools hot liquid from the engine
  • water pump to circulate the coolant through the system
  • thermostat to control temperature by varying the amount of coolant going to the radiator
  • fan to draw cool air through the radiator

The radiator transfers the heat from the fluid inside to the air outside.  This cools the fluid, which in turn cools the engine.  Radiators are also often used to cool transmission fluids, intake air, motor oil or power steering fluid.

Radiators are typically mounted in a position where they receive airflow from the forward movement of the vehicle, such as behind a front grill.  Alternatively, the radiator may draw air from the flow over the top of the vehicle or from a side-mounted grill.

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Why Do I Need a Radiator Hose Inspections service?

We do these inspections so that our customers can avoid overheating or freezing up the engine in their car, truck or SUV.  The radiator is an important piece of hardware responsible for keeping the engine cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  That’s because it transports the coolant to and from the radiator and engine.  It’s job is to keep this coolant at normal temperatures.  Obviously, the radiator hose is an important piece of hardware since it’s responsible for keeping the engine operating properly.   So, its fair to conclude that a leaking or cracked radiator hose is NOT something you want to encounter.

So, we check the radiator hose because we need to make sure that it’s functioning properly.  We understand that it costs a little in the short run to repair or replace a radiator hose.  But, it saves a lot in the long run.

How Often Do I Need It?

Generally speaking, Radiator Hose Inspections should be done each time you have service with Lube Stop.  And, of course, we should check it anytime you have observed issues.  Your owner’s manual will also advise you do it at various intervals.  Please check your manual.  Also, lean on us at Lube Stop for advice.  We use a system of processes called Precision Based Recommendations to help investigate a vehicle’s overall condition.  This system of inspection and trouble shooting helps us get a clearer picture of your car, truck or SUV as it stands, today.  That’s because it removes the guess work.  Learn more about this system below.

Can Lube Stop do the Trouble Shooting?

Lube Stop employs the best technicians and mechanics in this service area.  These technicians are more than qualified to help inspect the issues and make recommendations to problem solve.

Which Towns and Cities are in our Fast Lube Service area?

Our lube shop & tire service area includes the following towns and cities listed below.

  • Blackfalds, Alberta
  • Clive, Alberta
  • Bentley, Alberta
  • Red Deer, Alberta
  • Ponoka, Alberta
  • Millet, Alberta
  • Rimbey, Alberta
  • Alix, Alberta
  • Penhold, Alberta
  • Benalto, Alberta
  • Hobbema, Alberta
  • Delburne, AB
  • Bluffton, Alberta
  • Innisfail, Alberta
  • Lousana, Alberta
  • Bashaw, Alberta
  • Leslieville, Alberta
  • Wetaskiwin, Alberta
  • Stettler, Alberta

Context for these Services

Your vehicle uses an internal combustion engine.  This engine uses the combustion of fuel to power almost everything.  This is done when fuel alongside an air oxidizer and spark plugs creates a working fluid flow circuit inside a combustion chamber.

In your internal combustion engine, the expansion of the high-temperature and high-pressure gases produced by combustion applies direct force to some component of the engine.  The force is applied typically to pistons, turbine blades, rotors and nozzles.  This force moves the component over a distance, transforming chemical energy into useful work.

Typically, your combustion engine is fed with fossil fuels like natural gas or petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel or fuel oil.  Your engine is the hub for many things, including those listed below.

  • combustion chamber
  • cylinder head
  • camshaft
  • set of spark plugs
  • valvetrain
  • valves
  • rocker arms
  • pushrods
  • lifters
  • fuel injectors
  • pistons
  • connecting rods
  • engine block
  • crankcase
  • crankshaft
  • timing system
  • timing chain

All these work in unison to power all the other systems within your vehicle.  Without a fully functioning engine, everything else suffers.  So, let us at Lube Stop keep your engine functioning and everything else that relies on it.

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