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Vehicle Heating and Ventilation Maintenance for Fall Car Care at Graff Durand

Since the fall season in Michigan can be unpredictable, we want you to be prepared for anything. With colder weather approaching soon, it’s time to make sure your vehicle is up to date on all of its routine maintenance for fall car care! Keeping up with car maintenance is important in extending the life of your vehicle and maintaining its quality. Climate control is important to the enjoyment of your vehicle in any season, but especially on those chilly fall morning drives. Your vehicle heating and ventilation system not only keeps you comfortable, but it provides important functions like defrosting your windshield when ice, fog, or frost has formed. This is important to your view of the road and overall safety. Your ventilation system is also important to the regulation of heat under your hood; if a problem is left unchecked, your engine could overheat and cause serious damage. This is why vehicle heating and ventilation maintenance during fall car care is important to us at Graff Durand! Keep reading to find out about all the things your heating and ventilation system does for you and your car, and how to recognize a problem that needs to be addressed.

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Your Vehicle Heating and Ventilation System – How it Works and What it Does

The heating system in your car, truck, or SUV works to keep you warm and keep your windows clear of fog and ice. This important system in your vehicle is comprised of many parts, including:

  • Radiator
  • Hoses
  • Blower Fan
  • Thermostat
  • Control Panel
  • Heater Core

In the cooler months, your heating system helps to keep your car’s cabin at a comfortable driving temperature. It also aids in keeping your windows and windshield clear of ice, frost, and fog. The heating and ventilation system in your car, truck, or SUV isn’t just there to keep you toasty when it’s cold outside, it is also there to regulate the temperature under the hood of your car and keep your engine from overheating. As coolant is circulated throughout the engine, it collects heat which is sent to the radiator and is then distributed to the heater core where a blower fan pushes the warm air through to your vents. The amount of warm air distributed to the cabin is regulated by your climate control panel.

Recognizing a Problem with Your Heating and Ventilation System

Since your vehicle’s heating and ventilation system is comprised of many components, there are opportunities for problems to occur within the system. The best thing you can do to avoid issues, is to stay up to date on all of your vehicle maintenance and have your heating and cooling systems checked regularly. Some signs of a problem can be very obvious, while others are trickier to identify. Some warning indicators include:

Vehicle Heater is Blowing Cold Air

This is the most obvious sign that there is a problem with your heating and ventilation system. However, there are many reasons this could be happening, so you’ll need to bring your car into the service center at Graff Chevrolet Durand to have the issue diagnosed. Once the problem is identified, our expert service technicians can correct the issue and get you back on the road in no time!

Vehicle Heater is Blowing No Air

No air coming through your vehicle vents is also a pretty obvious sign that something is wrong with your ventilation system. Most likely, a blower motor or fan has gone bad and needs to be replaced. Schedule a service appointment with the Graff Durand Service Center to have issue identified and corrected in no time!

Strange Smells from Your Car

If you notice an unusually sweet smell inside your car or around the outside of your vehicle, this could be a sign that coolant is leaking inside of your engine. You might also notice a puddle of brightly colored liquid under your parked vehicle. A coolant leak is something that needs to be addressed by a service professional as soon as possible. If you notice a mold or mildew scent coming from your vents, this could be a sign of a filter that needs changing. It could also mean your coolant has been contaminated with debris. Seek advice from a service professional to diagnose the problem. The experts at Graff Durand’s Service Center are here to help you understand what is going on with your vehicle.

Lack of Temperature Control in Your Cabin

If you notice you seem to have lost control over the temperature inside of your car, there could be a problem with a thermostat in your heating system. However, in this situation there are a number of potential issues that could contribute to a loss of temperature control, so be sure to bring your car in for service at Graff Chevrolet.

Your Engine Overheats

This is a serious sign that something is wrong with your vehicle. It could be due to an issue with your heating and ventilation system, or it could be the result of a myriad of other problems within your vehicle’s system. Whatever the case, contact the service center at Graff Durand right away to resolve the issue and avoid further damage.

Vehicle Cabin Fogs Up

If the inside of your vehicle suddenly fogs up while you're driving, coolant may be leaking inside of your engine, evaporating, and coming through your vents as steam. If this happens, there could be a problem with your heater core, so be sure to schedule a service appointment at the Graff Durand Service Center as soon as possible.

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Heating and Ventilation Maintenance – Schedule Your Fall Car Care Service at Graff Durand

As the fall weather approaches, don’t be left in the cold! At Graff Chevrolet Durand we want to make sure your vehicle is running perfectly all year round. Your heating and ventilation system is important for your comfort and the overall well being of your vehicle. If there is a problem with your heating and ventilation system, it could cause your engine to overheat, meaning expensive repairs for your vehicle. If you suspect there is a problem with your heating and ventilation system, or if you think it’s time for heating and ventilation maintenance, schedule your fall car care service online at Graff Durand, or call us at (866) 529-1655. One of our ASE Certified service professionals will be happy to diagnose any problems you may be having and get you back out on the road in no time! Head over to Graff Chevrolet Durand, located at 9009 East Lansing Road in Durand, MI, to see what a great auto service experience is all about!