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Why Cooling System Repairs are More Complex On European Cars


While European vehicles are known for being more complex and intricate, the cooling system is typically a tricky system to repair when it comes to European made cars. The cooling system is an important one because it helps to regulate the temperature of the engine and prevent it from overheating. In European model vehicles, the cooling system is typically tucked into a hard to find area or tight among other components. This makes it more difficult to actually take apart and repair the system. 

Additionally, many European vehicles have a remote reservoir to fill up the cooling system and the radiator is usually tucked behind the front grill of the chassis. This can make replacing or filling coolant tricky and more time consuming. This is referred to as a closed cooling system, whereas Asian and Domestic vehicles typically use a conventional cooling system. 

A closed cooling system has a hidden radiator, which can make flushing coolant tricky. Typically, a tool called a coolant vacuum bleeder is used to to draw coolant out from the system and fill it back up with new coolant. Replacing hoses in the cooling system also requires special knowledge of European made vehicles, because the hoses connect to the engine behind a pulley or pump. Hose replacement will require removing the pulley or pump and other connecting parts, which requires a steady hand and patience. 

So, what exactly does the cooling system do and how often does it need to be serviced? 

  • The cooling system helps to circulate coolant throughout the engine. 
  • The coolant acts as a temperature regulator for the engine to prevent it from overheating. 
  • The coolant also helps to power your car's heater and defroster. 
  • The cooling system typically needs to be serviced every 50,000 miles or so, but your vehicle's owner's manual will offer a more precise time frame for coolant service. 

Since European vehicles are a bit harder to service, we don't recommend trying to perform any of your vehicle's maintenance at home. If your car is due for a cooling system repair or need a maintenance item performed, bring your vehicle into the experts here at Eurotech Auto Service today. Our experts understand the ins and outs of European vehicles and will ensure that your car's repairs are performed correctly and with precision. Stop by or give us a call today! 

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