The most common reason to replace your engine’s cooling system is for cold weather.
That’s why engine-related repair shops often stock engine-cleaning kits for sale.
These kits help to ensure that the cooling system works and can withstand the expected cold weather, says Jim Hulsey, a maintenance-systems engineer at Northrop Grumman in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
But it’s important to know the best way to apply the kits.
“If you need to replace the cooling systems for a cold day, or for any other reason, you want to do the proper repair,” he says.
“And if you’re going to use a new, high-performance cooling system, you should be sure you know how to apply it properly.”
Here are the five best ways to install a new cooling system kit on your engine.1.
Install the right kitsYou can apply the kit from a different location, say a fuel-injected engine block or a water-injection engine block, depending on your needs.
“The most common location for a fuel tank is the fuel tank,” says Hulley.
“We don’t usually see it on the engine, so we don’t need to worry about it.”2.
Use a kit for every reasonYou might be tempted to just apply the cooling kit to the water-insulated area.
But you can’t, Hul, because the kit isn’t compatible with the engine.
“You’ll have to take off the intake manifold, the exhaust manifold, and you’ll have a hard time getting the kit to work in those locations,” he explains.3.
Avoid the “do-it-yourself” approachMost of the kits that you’ll find in engine-repair shops are more expensive than the kits offered by your local auto body shop, so be sure to check with your local dealership to see if you can get a good deal.
You can usually find a better deal on the online shop that carries the kits, which include parts kits, fluids, and diagnostics kits.4.
Choose a kit that fits the vehicleThe next step in the cooling process is to determine which parts of your vehicle need the cooling and which don’t.
Hul says that engine parts like pistons, connecting rods, and crank pulleys should be covered with the cooling kits.
But, he adds, “we also put in the air conditioning unit, radiator, and transmission, because they’re going into the engine.”
For more detail, check out our guide to the best cooling kits for your vehicle.5.
Choose the right cooling kitIf you want a cooling system that’s compatible with your engine, you’ll want to choose one that fits with your vehicle, says Huls.
“It should fit well in the engine,” he recommends.
If you’re unsure, Huls says that a proper inspection of the kit will help determine whether the kit is compatible.
“Before you apply the engine block to the vehicle, you may want to inspect the engine for corrosion,” he advises.
“This will help you know if you have corrosion on the block.”