Your vehicle is a prized possession, which means you want to keep it running for as long as you can in the best shape you can manage, right? So what happens when your car starts having issues with overheating? If overheating is occurring in your Mini, it could mean the coolant thermostat valve is cracked and possibly leaking coolant. If this is the case, it is not recommended to continue driving the vehicle until the issue has been looked at.
An overheated engine can cause permanent damage to your vehicle, and in some cases your car may shut down completely to avoid that damage. If you’re dealing with this issue, chances are pretty good that the thermostat housing that protects your thermostat is damaged or broken. If not dealt with immediately it can cause lasting and irreparable damage to the engine, so it is imperative you speak with a trusted technician as soon as possible. But what can you do to prevent damage to the thermostat housing in the first place?
Keeping up with regular service on your vehicle is the most surefire way to ensure that your vehicle does not encounter mechanical issues. The thermostat housing protects the thermostat in the engine so that coolant can travel through without incident. If the thermostat opens and is exposed the coolant travels to the radiator to be cooled down before returning to the engine. To ensure this process is happening the way it should, your coolant levels should be checked regularly and replaced if it is old or low. If the coolant has gone too long without replacement it will begin to corrode the aluminum in the system.
The manufacturer of your car knows best what sort of coolant should be used in your specific vehicle. This means that deviation from the type of coolant that your car runs best on can impede your car’s performance and actually cause damage. Using the wrong type of coolant for your car’s specific build can actually cause corrosion which can lead to not only thermostat damage, but the possibility of having to replace the entire engine of your car. Something as simple as making sure you know your mechanic is giving you the proper coolant and getting it changed at the proper intervals can save you from costly damage.
I know, I know, this should go without saying. It is strange to think about needing a trusted mechanic to take care of your car, like you’d need a trusted babysitter to watch your children. However, your car deserves the best treatment from people who are trained specifically to cater to its specific design and build — after all, your car is a major investment, so you don’t want to trust it to just anyone. The right mechanic can make all the difference when it comes to the safety, longevity, and performance of your vehicle, so make sure to find a garage that specializes in the type of vehicle you drive.
At St. Matthews Import Automotive Service, we specialize in German auto repair and maintenance, from the smallest maintenance jobs to the largest repairs. If your imported vehicle is having problems that seem similar to the ones mentioned above, or you have other maintenance concerns, St. Matthews Import is here for you.
Our technicians are dedicated to providing the best comprehensive service in the Louisville, Kentucky area. With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, you can trust that our automotive experts will handle your car with care. We specialize in service for Audi, BMW, VW, MINI Cooper, and Mercedes, so you can be sure your vehicle will be handled by mechanics with extensive import experience and training. So if you’re worried your car is starting to show signs of thermostat housing damage, leaking, or overheating issues, make sure to call to make an appointment or stop by to visit our Hubbard’s Lane location as soon as possible. You have enough to worry about — put your car into the hands of those you can trust.