A Comprehensive Assessment of Your Heating and Cooling System Comprises of:
- Examination of internal controls and blower
- Inspection of radiator coolant temperature, hoses, radiator cap pressure, and thermostat
- Evaluation of the compressor belt
- Thorough inspection of the system and seals for leaks or damage
- Conducting a cooling system pressure test
- Verification that A/C pressure meets manufacturer specifications
- Measurement of the interior vent air temperature
Our Repair and Maintenance Services Include:
The fan belt, also referred to as a drive belt, connects your vehicle's engine to its front-mounted accessories. This belt is responsible for rotating the water pump and engine fan, ensuring a cool engine environment. Unfortunately, over time, your vehicle's fan belts can dry out and develop cracks, requiring a replacement.
It's important to entrust this kind of task to seasoned professionals. Our mechanics can conduct a thorough inspection of your car's belts, replace any worn ones, and ensure the installed belts are properly adjusted for optimum performance.
Coolant System Flush
A car's coolant system transfers excess heat from one part of the engine and dissipates it through the radiator fins. As time goes on, the coolant can become old and contaminated, negatively impacting the system's performance. To maintain optimal system function, consider regular coolant system flushes as part of your vehicle's cooling system maintenance.
Hoses have the crucial role of transferring coolant and antifreeze throughout the engine's cooling system, including the radiator. With time, these hoses can dry out and develop cracks, leading to leaks. When it's time for replacement, you can rely on our team of experts for your vehicle repair needs.
Your vehicle's radiator is responsible for keeping the engine cool and safeguarding it from excessive heat. To maintain its effectiveness, the radiator must remain clean at all times. Sludge, rust, and other solid deposits can accumulate inside the radiator, leading to clogs and reduced system efficiency. This, in turn, can negatively affect your vehicle's performance. Incorporating regular radiator flushes into your routine car maintenance schedule is essential.
Radiators serve as heat exchangers, cooling your car's internal combustion engine. They accomplish this by circulating engine coolant through the engine block and then releasing the heat into the atmosphere through radiation.
Radiators consist of a set of tubes through which engine coolant flows, surrounded by fins. When a radiator fails, the excess heat produced by the engine could potentially damage vital engine components. To prevent such issues, it's crucial to have your radiator regularly serviced. For expert radiator maintenance, visit Norton Shores Automotive today.
Summerize Your Vehicle
Getting your car ready for the challenges of summer, including heat, dust, and traffic congestion, can significantly reduce the risk of breakdowns. At Norton Shores Automotive in Muskegon, our technicians are equipped to perform essential preventive maintenance to ensure your car is summer-ready. Here are some recommended services:
- Battery check
- Fluid replacement
- Examination of belts and hoses
- Inspection of climate and coolant systems
- Evaluation of wiper blades
- Tire inspection
- Assessment of headlights, turn signals, and tail lights
- With these services, your car will be fully prepared to handle hot weather, allowing you to enjoy your summer to the fullest
Winterize Your Vehicle
Winter weather can be harsh on both you and your vehicle. You can trust the skilled technicians at Norton Shores Automotive to prepare your car for the challenges of winter. Here are some recommended services:
- Check the battery
- Check the tires
- Check wiper blades
- Check fluids
- Check headlights, turn signals, and tail lights
- Check the exhaust system for leaks
- Check the belts and hoses
- Check the heating system
With these services, your car will be ready to tackle winter weather, ensuring your driving experience remains safe and comfortable.
How do I know what coolant I should use?Your car's owner's manual provides a wealth of information. Follow the recommendations in your car's owner's manual to the letter unless otherwise recommended by the manufacturer or auto repair professionals. It will tell you what type of coolant is best to use in your vehicle. If you don't have a copy of your owner's manual, you can most likely find the information you need on the manufacturer's website.
When should I do a coolant flush?Your vehicle's owner's manual will recommend getting the coolant flushed about every 30,000 miles or three to five years, whichever comes first. Make sure to consult your owner's manual as some outline a more specific interval depending on the vehicle's make and model and your driving habits.
Why is my coolant leaking?Corrosion within the radiator is the leading cause of a coolant leak. As the radiator tubes get older and weaker, sediment or debris collects inside and causes a leak. The sealing gasket between the tank and the radiator can also wear out, and lead to a leak.
Why is my coolant light on and what should I do?If the dashboard light is red, indicating your car is overheating then you should pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and switch off the engine. If the coolant level is low or there is another problem with your cooling system, you could cause serious damage by continuing to drive.
When is the coolant temperature too high?The engine coolant is overheating if it's around 240 to 250 degrees. When the coolant gets this hot a light on your dashboard will come on to alert you. Pull over and turn your car off. The coolant is very hot and under extreme pressure. Do not attempt to remove the radiator cap until the car has cooled.
What does radiator service include?Radiator service starts with draining the system. Then we flush the radiator and engine block, inspecting all hoses to make sure they're not cracked. Next we refill the radiator with fresh coolant and finish by pressure testing the radiator cap and cooling system.
When replacing a radiator what else should be replaced?If you replace your radiator you may need to replace three other parts as well - the thermostat, water pump and heater core. An auto repair professional at Norton Shores Automotive will let you know what other parts need to be replaced.
What is the average lifespan of a radiator?While radiators usually last 8-10 years, some factors can shorten their lifespan. Watch for signs of deterioration to know when replacement is needed.
When should the radiator in my car be replaced?Often, radiators will last for the entire life of a car. On average a radiator lasts 8 to 10 years. However, there are a few factors that can reduce a radiator's working life such as improper maintenance, driving habits and environmental conditions.
Why is my car engine overheating?The most common reason a car overheats is a lack of coolant or a coolant leak. However, if you have an older vehicle, it may also indicate that it is time to replace your radiator, thermostat, water pump or heater core. If it continues to be a problem that you can't fix, your best bet is to bring it to our shop in Muskegon.
I was sent here by the NAPA location in Fruitport, about 5 minutes away, because my antifreeze reservoir was empty and dripping from somewhere. Specifically, I was told to see Frank. I'm about three hours north of the area visiting someone and needing to go home, never having experienced car issues like this. After walking in, Frank greeted us, I gave him my keys, and he immediately let us sit down, relax, take a breather, and pet his dog as he got to work. I don't know what he did, but about ten minutes after arriving, he diagnosed and solved the issue, showing us exactly where the leak was coming from. I couldn't have been more grateful. Then, he wouldn't accept any payment. I offered, but he said it wasn't necessary. This man is the type of man you want to meet when you're scared. He lent me a container of antifreeze to use in case the engine began to overheat or antifreeze leaked, also free of charge, despite me wanting to give him something for my gratitude. Again, just the man you want to meet when you're terrified you may not make it home. We settled on a hug, per my insistence, and I hope he knows how appreciative I am of his generous, short-noticed service.Anna Anger
Got my car in early. Kept me updated on estimate and repairs. Informed me of other issues that need to be addressed. No pressure to have anything done immediately. Very pleasant during the whole account. Thanks.Brian Peterson
Even though we couldn't figure out why my heater blows cold air unless you crank it up to over 80, they only charged me for the diagnostic service. I do like this company, they offered me rides to and from my house, very convenient. All were nice and knowledgeable. I will use them again.Debra Mason
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We have established longterm and stable partnerships with various clients thanks to our excellence in solving their automotive needs!
We went to Norton Shores Automotive after a dealership said our brakes needed servicing. A mechanic named Frank took our vehicle for a test drive, then checked all the brakes at the shop and stated they were still in good working condition, a little rust, but nothing in need of immediate repair. I found him to be straight forward and honest, and I believed in his professional judgment and integrity. I will be back when the day comes for a brake job, and oil change. Thank you NSA.