When the frosty winds of Hemlock, MI, start to kick up, you know it’s time to ensure your car’s heater is up to the task of keeping you warm. At Hemlock Auto and Alignment, we understand the importance of a reliable car heater during our harsh winters. Here’s our guide to maintaining your car’s heating system, so you can stay cozy on the coldest days.
Understanding Your Car's Heater
Your car’s heater isn’t just a comfort feature; it’s a safety one too. It defogs your windshield and creates a comfortable environment for driver concentration. The heater system works by utilizing the heat from your engine’s coolant. This heat is then blown into your car’s cabin when you turn on the heater.
Regular Maintenance Checks
The key to a well-functioning heater is regular maintenance. As ASE certified technicians, we recommend having your heating system checked at least once a year, preferably before winter sets in. Our team uses the latest technology to inspect your heater’s components, such as the blower motor, thermostat, heater core, and coolant levels.
Coolant System Service
A common issue with heaters is a low coolant level. The coolant plays a crucial role in your car’s heating system, and without enough of it, your heater may blow cold air. At Hemlock Auto and Alignment, we check the coolant level and inspect for leaks. If necessary, we’ll flush your coolant system and refill it with the manufacturer-recommended type.
Heater Core Checks
The heater core is like a small radiator that transfers heat from the coolant to the air that blows through your cabin. If it’s clogged or leaking, it can cause your heater to fail. We’ll inspect the heater core for any signs of blockage or damage and address it accordingly.
Blower Motor and Thermostat Inspection
The blower motor controls the fan that blows air over the heater core and into the vehicle. If it malfunctions, you won’t get much warmth. Similarly, the thermostat regulates the temperature of the coolant. If it’s stuck open, the engine won’t warm up properly, affecting heater performance. We test these components for proper operation.
Digital Assessment Advantage
Every service at Hemlock Auto and Alignment comes with a complimentary digital assessment. This means we’ll provide you with a digital report of your car’s health, including the heater system. We explain the work being done on your vehicle plainly, so you’re informed every step of the way.
Warranty for Peace of Mind
We stand behind our work with a 36-month/36,000-mile nationwide warranty. This ensures that wherever you are, you can count on the quality of our service and the endurance of our repairs.
Tips for Drivers
In between professional checks, there are things you can do to maintain your car’s heater:
- Regularly check your coolant level and top it off if needed.
- Turn on your heater once in a while, even in the summer, to keep the system in use.
- Be attentive to your car’s performance. If the heat is insufficient or the engine runs hotter than usual, these could be early signs of heater issues.
Don’t let the winter chill take over your vehicle. At Hemlock Auto and Alignment, our team is dedicated to ensuring your comfort and safety on the road. Contact us at 989-642-4423 to schedule your heater maintenance service, or visit us at 16575 Gratiot Road, Hemlock, MI 48626. Remember, a warm car is just as important as a well-running engine. Let us help you stay warm on the road this winter.