A radiator is a block or collection of parts that is responsible for cooling down and dissipating heat generated in a closed system. Cars are very complex machines and have many aspects that need to operate in conjunction to keep the car cool. Automobiles need their radiators to cool down the engines and lubricate the moving parts to ensure there are no performance setbacks.
Radiators and engines almost always go hand in hand. You can also find radiators in motorcycles, stationary generating plants, railroad locomotives, and nearly anything with an engine. However, we will discuss car radiators and what problems could arise from a failing radiator.
4 Common Car Radiator Related Problems
#1 - Leaks
Leaks in the radiator can be a significant problem. The coolant that flows back and forth to your engine creates a lot of pressure. That pressure buildup could negatively affect your hoses. The hoses may decline or come loose, allowing coolant to escape the system, which will ultimately lead to engine overheating. If you notice unusual fluids under your car or you detect a sweet, syrupy smell, it's a telling sign that your radiator is leaking.
#2 - Clog or Buildup
Another common radiator problem is an accumulation of mineral deposits and gunk. Mineral deposits, by-products, debris and other obstructive buildup in your radiator make it difficult for the radiator to run the proper amount of coolant to the engine. If your radiator is excessively clogged, then you should get your coolant flushed pronto.
# 3 - Rust
When you combine air, metal, and moisture, then rust is bound to happen. All those elements are present in your radiator, which means rust can be a possible threat. If your radiator gets too rusty, it can end up with holes and result in a malfunction. Our technicians can check to see if your radiator is rusty. It should be easy to detect since it would be on the radiator's exterior surface, but you can also determine rust if the color of your coolant becomes brownish.
#4 - Damaged Water Pump or Thermostat
Your radiator is only a singular part of the complex coolant system, and all of the components of the system need to be working correctly. If the thermostat is impaired, the entire system will not know when to discharge fluid. On the other hand, if the water pump fails, the system will not have enough pressure to distribute the coolant. If either of these parts are damaged, the radiator will not work for what it is intended to do.
If you encounter any problems with your radiator or other parts in your cooling system, take your car to Fadely's Auto Masters immediately. Give us a call or visit our shop today.