Your car’s cooling system is designed to bring your vehicle up to operating temperature quickly while preventing it from running too hot. Your vehicle uses antifreeze to absorb heat from the engine and move it to the radiator where it can be cooled. Your water pump is tasked with creating the pressure to circulate the coolant through the hoses from the engine to the radiator. The thermostat is used to regulate the flow of the coolant from the engine to the radiator to maintain a proper operating temperature of around 190 degrees. If any of these components are not operating correctly, your car may run too cool, causing poor performance and fuel economy while polluting the air around it. It may also cause the engine to run too hot and overheat, causing severe engine damage. If you have concerns about the proper operation of your cooling system, have it inspected and serviced today at America’s Auto & Tire.