Information and updates regarding South Tacoma Auto's operations during COVID-19 here.
Covid Virus

As the situation with the novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 continues to change and develop, South Tacoma Auto wants you to know that we are open and ensuring that we're taking all necessary precautions to help keep our customers and employees safe and healthy.

  • We are open and flexible
  • Deep cleaning of automobiles
  • Deep cleaning of dealership
  • Hand sanitizing station available at the dealership
We are open

Sales Hours

Monday - Saturday: 9AM - 6PM
Sunday: 10AM - 6PM

Service Hours

Monday - Thursday: 7:30AM - 5:30PM
Friday: 8AM - 5:30PM
Saturday: 7:30AM - 4PM

Please Call (253) 444-4654

Repairs For Your Cooling System

When you are looking for high-quality auto service, visit with our maintenance team at South Tacoma Auto. We only staff the very best professional auto maintenance Certified Technicians. Our on-site service department is serving all drivers from around the Federal Way and Lakewood, WA. So when you have a problem with your used automobile, we are ready and able to help you keep your vehicle running right.

Our service team can perform an array of services included Battery Replacement, Brake Repairs, and Cooling System Services.

Why Is Your Cooling System So Important

Cooling System failure is one of the leading causes of mechanical breakdown. Over time, your vehicles coolant can degrade, losing its ability to protect system components from rust, corrosion and scale deposits. These deposits can build up in your vehicle's radiator, water pump, heater core and hoses, restricting flow and reducing the effectiveness of the system. Traditional "Drain and Fill" service can leave as much as 50% of the contaminated coolant behind. Over time, overheating, leaks, pump damage and possible system failure can occur, causing costly repairs.

The Solution:

One of our experienced technicians, using a specially designed machine, will perform a coolant exchange service that is able to remove the old coolant from all areas of the system. This process allows a complete exchange leaving less old coolant to contaminate the new. First, a MOC Cooling System Cleaner is added to the old coolant and circulated throughout the entire system, suspending contaminants. The machine is then attached to the vehicle's cooling system and uses a pumping action to flush the entire system. Next, the old coolant is extracted from all areas of the system while new coolant is added. A MOC conditioner is then added to fortify the cooling-system against corrosion and pump water.

  • This Service Can Help:
  • Condition and Protect Components
  • Prevent Overheating
  • Prevent Minor Leaks
  • Lubricate the Water Pump
  • Avoid Costly Repairs

When it comes to replacing your coolant - don't wait! Not replacing your vehicle's coolant periodically can lead to trouble down the line. When you need to replace your coolant, schedule service with our highly trained service team at South Tacoma Auto today!

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FAQs: Cooling System Service

How much does it cost to fix a cooling system?

The cost to fix a car's cooling system can vary depending on the severity of the issue and the make and model of the car. However, it is typically not a very expensive repair. The average cost to fix a cooling system issue is between $200 and $500. If the problem is severe, it could cost up to $1,000 to fix. For instance, repairing or replacing a car's radiator can cost between $400 and $1,000.

Replacing a car's thermostat can cost between $100 and $200 while replacing a car's water pump can cost between $250 and $750. If your car is having cooling system issues, it is best to take it to a trusted mechanic or auto repair shop like South Tacoma Auto to diagnose the problem and give you an estimate for the repair.

What does cooling system repair do?

Cooling system repair is the process of fixing any leaks or damage to the cooling system of a car. This can include the radiator, thermostat, water pump, and hoses. It is important to keep the cooling system in good working order to prevent the engine from overheating. Overheating can lead to serious engine damage.

If you notice your car's temperature gauge climbing higher than usual, it is important to take your car in for cooling system repair as soon as possible. A qualified mechanic will be able to diagnose and fix any issues with your cooling system. They may also recommend replacing certain parts if they are worn out or damaged beyond repair.

In some cases, simple maintenance tasks like flushing the radiator and refilling it with fresh coolant can be enough to get your cooling system back in good working order. However, more serious issues will require more extensive repairs.

No matter what type of cooling system repair your car needs, it is important to have it fixed as soon as possible to avoid further engine damage. If you are unsure about what is wrong with your car's cooling system, it is always best to consult with a qualified car repair shop like South Tacoma Auto.

How much does it cost to fix a cooling system leak?

If you're looking to get your car's cooling system leak fixed, it will likely cost you between $200 and $400. However, the exact price will depend on your vehicle's make and model, as well as the severity of the leak. If the leak is small and easily accessible, it will likely be on the cheaper end of the spectrum.

However, if the leak is larger or located in a more difficult-to-reach area, it will be on the more expensive side. Ultimately, it's best to consult with a trusted local car repair shop, like South Tacoma Auto, to get an accurate estimate for your car's cooling system leak.

Can I drive with a coolant leak?

A coolant leak can be a serious issue, as it can lead to your engine overheating. If you notice any signs of a coolant leak, it is important to have your vehicle checked out by a qualified mechanic or auto repair shop as soon as possible. Driving with a coolant leak is not advisable, as it could cause your engine to overheat and potentially break down.

If you do have to drive with a coolant leak, be sure to keep an eye on your engine temperature gauge and stop if it starts to get too hot. If your engine does overheat, do not attempt to remove the radiator cap while the engine is hot, as this could lead to serious injury. Instead, call a tow truck and have your vehicle towed to a safe location for repair.

Services Offered

Thanks to our ASE Certified technicians, you can trust the services your vehicle recieves. Just like any service center, our team provides standard repair services and routine maintenance requests. Our prices are also very competitive for the area.

Our affordably-priced auto services are partially the reason why drivers prefer our auto care. Talk to one of our service representatives today and learn more about our selection of services and options.

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About Our Automotive Services In Tacoma, WA

Thanks to our ASE Certified technicians, many of which have also been factory-trained, we are able to provide local drivers of all makes of cars, SUVs and pickups with top-tier auto service. Just like any new car dealership with a service center, our used car dealership offers comprehensive automotive maintenance and repair services -- and you'll find that our prices are highly competitive!

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