Keeping the vehicle in the best condition possible is important for the safety of you and those around you. Going to regular maintenances can help to accomplish this. We can inspect the vehicle for any parts or components that might need to be replaced. This can help prevent a costly repair bill in the future. It can also reduce the chance of other nearby parts from failing as well when the part has an issue. One important part to check is the radiator under the hood. Radiators are heat exchangers used to transfer thermal energy from one part to another for the purpose of cooling and heating your vehicle. Most modern cars use aluminum radiators and are made by thin aluminum fins attached to aluminum tubes. The purpose of a Radiator A radiator is used to help keep the engine cool. During operation, the engine’s moving parts create friction, which produces heat. The heat from the friction can be enough to cause damage to the engine if it is not cooled properly. The coolant will lose its heat into the atmosphere and is then pumped back into the engine where it absorbs and removes more of the engine’s heat. This can help keep the engine from overheating. Having the radiator maintained can also help to prevent a costly repair bill if the vehicle has a breakdown. Signs there is an issue with the Radiator As a radiator fails, it can create identifiable symptoms such that can help determine what the problem is. An overheating engine is one of the main signs of a failing radiator. A faulty radiator typically causes higher operating temperatures in the engine, causing it to overheat much more easily than normal. Another sign you can pay attention to is leaking coolant. If the radiator becomes cracked, coolant will drip out onto the ground leaving a greenish or yellow puddle. If your radiator has gone bad, rust or debris may contaminate the coolant fluid leaving it rusty or oil colored. Having a rusty radiator may also cause flaking in the coolant, which will eventually create a sludge that no longer will efficiently cool the engine. How to keep the Radiator maintained There are some things you can do to prevent your radiator from failing too soon. To prolong radiator life, first always do a maintenance check on your coolant level. Your vehicle expends a lot of energy in the form of heat and this can cause serious damage to part of your vehicle if your coolant level is low or gone completely. If you find that the fluid level is not where it should be, this could be an indicator that you have a leak. Although you cannot prevent your radiator from failing, you can take the necessary maintenance steps to keep it working as long as it should. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. This way we can advise you on what should be fixed before further problems start to form.
The engine creates a lot of heat while you are driving. It is important that this heat is removed immediately. If it is not than there can be problems in oil degradation and possible overheating of your vehicle. This is why it is important that you are maintaining your cooling system. This can help prevent damage to the engine, as well as other parts. If you notice that the vehicle overheats, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. This can reduce the chance of an unexpected breakdown. There are also some other things to notice when you drive. If you notice an issue, make sure to bring the vehicle in. Among these things are the radiator and water pump. The water pump is an integral part that you should know about. Also, check the hoses and connections that help to maintain the temperature of your engine. If you notice the vehicle overheats constantly, it could mean the thermostat or another part of the vehicle has an issue. If the vehicle is overheating, it will continue to damage to parts of the engine. The Water Pump should be checked The water pump is one of the most important parts of your cooling system. It is responsible for moving the coolant throughout your engine. Without this, there is no way that the engine will be able to maintain its temperature. These parts are fairly durable and seldom, if ever, need replacing. This is something to keep in mind though. If there is a problem in which your engine is overheating, it could be very well that the pump has malfunctioned in some way. This will cause you problems in which you will have to pay more to repair. Inspect the Radiator of the vehicle The radiator is where the coolant goes after it has been through the engine. This is a large grate which allows air to move through it. There is a fan which blows against the radiator along with the air flow that you will be able to get from driving your car. As air moves over the grates, it removes the heat from the coolant and moves it away. If there is a problem with your radiator, it can cause the coolant to not be able to flow through it. Bring the vehicle in and we can properly inspect it for you. This can help the vehicle to run at top performance levels again. Hoses and Connections should be inspected There are two hoses which are connected to the radiator which are responsible for bring in the coolant and drawing it out. The upper hose and the lower hose are integral to the operation of the cooling system. Without them, the flow of coolant will cease. This is why if there is a problem with one of the hoses, it will need to be replaced as fast as possible. There is also a line which will allow hot air to escape from the radiator and to the exhaust. This will allow the hot air a place that it can go to. This will help the vehicle to maintain a constant and regular temperature.