The Importance of a Radiator for your vehicle

Vehicle Safety Inspections are Important
July 10, 2014
Know how the Braking System works
July 21, 2014
Show all

The Importance of a Radiator for your vehicle

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

coolant-flush-1A 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.

Comments are closed.