Wear and tear as well as old age will contribute greatly to the efficiency of your radiator. The radiator in your vehicle is designed to maintain ideal engine operating temperature as tremendous heat is produced due to the process of combustion. Common radiator problems should be inspected immediately to prevent further engine damage. If you notice an issue, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.
When a vehicle overheats, the radiator is the first point of inspection to determine any possible problem. Low or empty coolant levels could cause overheating. It may also be caused by broken auxiliary fans or if the start to malfunction. If you notice a coolant leak, it could be the result of broken hoses. The radiator can also over heat if it is dirty, broke, or damaged in any way. In the event of an engine overheat, park the vehicle in a safe place and pop open the hood to allow the engine to ventilate. Check if the auxiliary fans are working and check coolant hoses for possible leaks. If a leak is not evident, check the coolant level in the coolant reservoir. Make sure to not open the engine radiator cap while it is still warm, as it can spray the hot fluid.
The radiator is made of metal and is susceptible to rust. Modern radiator designs incorporate a plastic top, which is the area most prone to rusting, but the internal parts are consistently exposed to moisture as well. With the engine cold, pop open the hood and remove the radiator cap. Check for coolant level and color. A brownish fluid would mean excessive rust inside the cooling system and flushing is then recommended. Inspect the radiator cap and the surrounding area for any signs of rust. Have the radiator inspected if excess rust is present. To prevent rust from accumulating in your radiator, use high quality coolant or anti freeze mixed with adequate amounts of distilled water. Never use tap water to refill your radiator or reservoir. Metal parts in the cooling system are made of aluminum and would benefit from the use of distilled water and coolant.
Typically, a radiator leak is most often caused by old age and should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Accidents could also cause radiator damage and should be inspected thoroughly in the event of a road mishap. Flying stones or rocks in the road may also hit the radiator and cause a harmful leak. This would lead to coolant loss and the engine overheating. If any sign of leak is evident on your radiator, bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. This can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle when you drive.