The radiator is a very important part of the cooling system and without a radiator the engines would overheat eventually causing irreparable damage. Radiators use coolant fluids and water to maintain the engine at an ideal temperature. Wear and tear is inevitable and it’s necessary to get the radiator serviced regularly to prevent major problems.
Here are a few common signs and issues that a radiator might face.
1.Radiator Leaks: Leaks are one of the most common radiator problems. If you find a puddle of liquid beneath your engine when the car is not in use, then immediately address this issue. Leaky radiators can cause serious damage to all the components associated with the radiator. The radiator liquid looks green or red in color and is extremely also toxic. Also check the radiator for any formation of bubbles or steam to confirm that the radiator is leaking. Fixing a leaky radiator can be tricky so let the professionals deal with it.
2. Failed Radiator Fan: Radiators these days use an electric fan to pull air through the radiator to keep the vehicle cool at low speeds or when idle. If the car is fine when driving at high speeds and generates a lot of heat at low speeds, then there is something wrong with the radiator fan. A failed radiator fan can lead to overheating and will end up damaging the engine.
3. Low Coolant Levels: It’s essential to keep an eye on the coolant levels in the radiator as they play a vital role in preventing overheating. The coolant naturally depletes over time, but sudden drastic change in the levels are abnormal and might be indicating to radiator leaks. Find professionals to fix this leak and refill the coolant so that the components don’t suffer any further issues.
4. Failed Water Pump: All radiators have a pump to move the coolant around the engine in order to prevent overheating. Water also moves throughout the radiator across the pump to the engine and is then sent back to the radiator. If there are issues with the water pump, then there is no proper circulation which will eventually lead to overheating of the engine.
5. Corrosion and Rust: Keep checking the radiator regularly for any rust. A coat of rust around the radiator indicates that there is corrosion and leaks. Corrosion can affect the efficiency of the radiator. Usually when there is a leak, it heats up on the surface to rust.
6. Faulty Thermostat: Engine overheating issues are mainly caused due to a faulty thermostat. The thermostat per say isn’t a part of the radiator but is a valve that controls the flow of coolant in a radiator and helps in maintaining the engine at an optimum temperature. A thermostat which doesn’t function well can lead to engines overheating very quickly.
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